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Joint Services meeting presents updates

The meeting of the Joint Services, held Monday, Oct. 5, immediately got underway after dinner, with Tom Brewster, the Assistant Superintendent for Administration, providing the boards with his listing of suggested follow-up actions for consideration: As in the original plan, that membership to the Joint Services Oversight Board (JSOB) be composed of one chairman from the Board of Supervisors, another from the County School Board, a County Administrator and a School Superintendent. Brewster also suggested rotation of the members from each board on a regular basis.
He reiterated that the purpose of JSOB is to study, evaluate, develop and recommend plans and policies to the boards and to meet on a regular basis. Another recommendation is to establish teams with representatives from both boards to review policies, practices and procedures of the joint services, and to meet “as needed.”
Brewster also recommended for JSOB to have bi-weekly meetings with the County Administrator, the School Superintendent, the Director of Information Technologies, the Supervisor of Operations/Transportation/Fleet Maintenance/PSA, and directors of both the finance departments of the county and the public schools, to review policies and procedures in their day-to-day operations and report their findings and recommendations.
Ronnie Nichols, who provided updates on Facilities and Transportation, said that he would like to see “more recycling,” to lessen the need for more drop sites, for which his department is presently looking.
Tim Barnes of Information Technologies reported that he was pleased with the progress his team is making in upgrading telecommunications in both county and school systems, mentioning specifically work being done in the Sheriff’s Department with installation of a new server and updating its record management.
Diane Newby and Chris Stafford provided updates on Finance and reported on the impact of the state budge cuts, while Anthony Akers described after school programs currently being provided through shared use of school facilities.
Paul Phillips discussed the process of hiring a new School Superintendent as Don Stowers, who is currently holding that position is retiring in January of next year. “I’ve been doing this for forty years,” he remarked before the meeting. “Somebody else needs to take the reins.”
The School Board and the Board of Supervisors originally went into an agreement to form the joint services in 2005 with the sole purpose of improving expenditures of public funds, focusing on three main areas: information technology, operations of county fleet, and fiscal services.
The Joint Services Oversight Board meets quarterly, with the next meeting tentatively slated for March 2010.

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Joint Services meeting presents updates

The meeting of the Joint Services, held Monday, Oct. 5, immediately got underway after dinner, with Tom Brewster, the Assistant Superintendent for Administration, providing the boards with his listing of suggested follow-up actions for consideration: As in the original plan, that membership to the Joint Services Oversight Board (JSOB) be composed of one chairman from the Board of Supervisors, another from the County School Board, a County Administrator and a School Superintendent. Brewster also suggested rotation of the members from each board on a regular basis.
He reiterated that the purpose of JSOB is to study, evaluate, develop and recommend plans and policies to the boards and to meet on a regular basis. Another recommendation is to establish teams with representatives from both boards to review policies, practices and procedures of the joint services, and to meet “as needed.”
Brewster also recommended for JSOB to have bi-weekly meetings with the County Administrator, the School Superintendent, the Director of Information Technologies, the Supervisor of Operations/Transportation/Fleet Maintenance/PSA, and directors of both the finance departments of the county and the public schools, to review policies and procedures in their day-to-day operations and report their findings and recommendations.
Ronnie Nichols, who provided updates on Facilities and Transportation, said that he would like to see “more recycling,” to lessen the need for more drop sites, for which his department is presently looking.
Tim Barnes of Information Technologies reported that he was pleased with the progress his team is making in upgrading telecommunications in both county and school systems, mentioning specifically work being done in the Sheriff’s Department with installation of a new server and updating its record management.
Diane Newby and Chris Stafford provided updates on Finance and reported on the impact of the state budge cuts, while Anthony Akers described after school programs currently being provided through shared use of school facilities.
Paul Phillips discussed the process of hiring a new School Superintendent as Don Stowers, who is currently holding that position is retiring in January of next year. “I’ve been doing this for forty years,” he remarked before the meeting. “Somebody else needs to take the reins.”
The School Board and the Board of Supervisors originally went into an agreement to form the joint services in 2005 with the sole purpose of improving expenditures of public funds, focusing on three main areas: information technology, operations of county fleet, and fiscal services.
The Joint Services Oversight Board meets quarterly, with the next meeting tentatively slated for March 2010.

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