Due to Monday being Memorial Day and a holiday for Madison County Schools, the School Board’s Town Hall meeting scheduled for May 30 in Pinetta has been changed to June 13 at 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. in the Pinetta Elementary School Cafeteria.
By Jacob Bembry
Greene Publishing, Inc.
Madison County School Superintendent Lou Miller has announced that the Madison County School Board will host town hall meetings in four communities to discuss upcoming budget reductions.
Each meeting will begin at 5 p.m. and end at 6:30 p.m. All meetings will be held in school cafeterias.
The first meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 31, at Greenville Elementary School.
On Wednesday, June 1, a town hall meeting will be held at Madison County Central School. This meeting will be for parents at the Central School, Excel School and Madison County High School.
The next town hall meeting will be on Monday, June 6, at Lee Elementary School.
The School Board’s Town Hall meeting scheduled for May 30 in Pinetta has been changed to Monday, June 13 from 5- 6:30 p.m. in the Pinetta Elementary School Cafeteria.
The meetings will be open School Board meetings and are designed to give citizens a chance to offer suggestions and input to the board members about budget cuts.
Everyone is invited to come and offer their support during this difficult budget season.
Governor Rick Scott announced an agreement with the House and Senate that would provide an infusion of cash that will prevent the Agency for Persons with Disabilities from discontinuing services. This will help the local branch of the Madison-Jefferson ARC, known as Personnel Development Services continue to provide needed services for mentally challenged clients.
“I thank Senate President Mike Haridopolos and House Speaker Dean Cannon for joining me to protect the community APD serves, and I applaud the hard work of the staff at APD for finding a solution to this problem,” Governor Scott stated. “After years of deficit spending that put these services at risk, I’m glad that we’re taking steps to finally bring responsible financial management to this agency and the people they serve.” After an Inspector General report disclosed that the agency would likely run out of cash to pay for needed services in early May due to an unprecedented $174 million budget shortfall, Governor Scott issued an emergency order stretching funds through the end of the fiscal year to avoid any cutoff of services. The Governor’s Office worked closely with the Legislature to find a way to provide immediate funding so that the Emergency Order could be lifted and to find a long term solution to the problem. Governor Scott also continues to work with the Legislature and members of the disability community to develop strategies to prevent future shortfalls in APD’s budget. Today’s deal lifts a hold on approximately $30 million that will cover the agency’s provider costs through the end of the fiscal year.