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Superintendent James Neihof and Assistant Superintendent of Operations Kerry Whitehouse informed the Shelby County School Board on Thursday that they want to reinitiate the process of forming a Local Planning Committee to set future building and renovation plans.
That committee consists of district personnel, student’s parents selected by the Site-based Decision Making Councils from each school, teachers and three members of the community. It is charged with putting together a 4-year plan for the district’s new construction and renovations.
“We are also looking for nominations for the community members,” Whitehouse told the board. “Anyone that is interested can send nominations to me.”
Whitehouse noted that he and Chief Information Officer Tommy Hurt would be on the committee with the other selections.
The LPC has no ability to designate funds, only to set the plan of need for the district. The committee, which is reset every four years, was last selected in 2009, but it was reconvened in 2010 when it changed its previously set plan to meet the district’s needs to build a new Southside Elementary School instead of a new elementary school on Discovery Boulevard, as originally.
General Fund commitments
The board approved the general fund commitments, which had been approved in June, although the amounts were not included at the time.
The total amount of the commitments is $803,942, and the board had approved spending for each commitment. They are:
Also at the meeting, the board: