Bryan County News
The Bryan County Board of Education approved a rollback millage rate of 15.075 at Thursday’s meeting in Black Creek, meaning the school system’s portion of the county's 2018 property tax bills should be roughly the same.
The millage rate in 2017 was 15.345.
Board members also approved the bond millage rate at 1.5 mills. Voters in 2017 approved a measure allowing the school system to issue up to $100 million in general obligation bonds to pay for new schools and upgrades to existing schools.
Parents concerned about security at new portable classrooms for McAllister Elementary addressed the school board. Superintendent Dr. Paul Brooksher told the parents the system will address any security issues before school starts.
Phil Richardson requested the board consider busing students who live in the Wiley Woods area down Ponderosa Road rather than dropping them off on Highway 17. New motels and heavy traffic in the area make it an unsafe bus stop, Richardson said. He earlier asked Richmond Hill City Council to look for a way to fix the intersection and plans on addressing Bryan County Commission on the issue as well, according to an email.
School board members voted to accept donations of various amounts to different schools and programs.
Among them were $159.84 from Kroger to Carver Elementary; $300 from The Neurological Institute of Savannah to the Bryan County Middle School softball team; $500 from Pembroke Advance Communications to the BCMS softball team; and $50 from Sandra’s Seafood in Blitchton to the BCMS softball team.
The BOE approved U.S. Foods as the system’s grocery vendor for the School Nutrition Program in fiscal year 2019.
Pet Milk Company was approved as milk products provider for the district and Pineland Paper Company was named paper products provider for the School Nutrition Program.
Derst Baking Company, LLC, received an extension to continue providing bread to the district.
The BOE approved a request from Richmond Hill High School’s football program to travel to Bluffton, S.C. to play Bluffton High on Aug. 28.
The BoE approved a request from Carver Elementary School to hold spirit nights at Fish Tales restaurant on Sept. 12, Oct. 3 and Oct. 24, and allow the school to sell Kona Ice from August through December to raise funds to pay for a playground shade.
The school board also okayed a Lanier Primary School request to sell freezer pops from August through May. The money will go to instruction and technology.