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Dr. Stephens makes the case for necessity for tax increase



2017-09-08 - Adair County Board of Education Conference Room, 1204 Greensburg Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener, ColumbiaMagazine.com.
Superintendent Pam Stephens, speaking with the aid of a detailed power point presentation, points out the large number of expenses the board faces over which they have no-or little control. The charts were prepared by Finance Officer Renae Smith. Perhaps the most persuasive of the charts included the list of budget expenditures which the board has adopted which go back into families pockets, such as free school supplies, free admission to sporting events, free lunches, and the boards adoption of no fees for extracurricular competition (except for the Adair County High School Marching Band, which pays its own way). Dr. Stephens noted that the presentation was not intended so much to sway the board as to let them, and citizens, know the full story. Indeed, the final 3-2 vote was as predicted by most going into the meeting.

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