Supers withdraw from community education contract with schools
By Cassandra Favre
Sep 12, 2017, 18:01
The Bay-Waveland School District Board of Trustees on Monday discussed a correspondence from the Hancock County Board of Supervisors advising the board of the supervisors' withdrawal from the Community Education Contract of 1996.
Hancock County Board of Supervisors President Blaine LaFontaine said Tuesday the board voted to withdraw at its Sept. 5 meeting.
The contract is between the county, the Bay-Waveland and Hancock County school districts for community education programs, BWSD Business Administrator Jon McCraw said Tuesday.
After Hurricane Katrina, McCraw said, the classes were housed at Pearl River Community College's Hancock County campus. PRCC also printed the brochures at the time, he said.
Now the classes are held at Hancock County's Vo-tech building, Hancock County High School or the Bay-Waveland Middle School, McCraw said.
LaFontaine said the board sees the contract as a "duplication."
"We see potential continuing education as something we have elsewhere with other entities," LaFontaine said.
He added that the contract "seemed as if it was outdated."
LaFontaine said the county also appropriates about $1 million per year to PRCC.
During Monday's meeting, BWSD trustee Mike Bell said –– as a result –– the district's continued participation in the program could increase "our share."
McCraw said Tuesday he budgets about $11,000 each year for the program, which is about the same amount the county school district and supervisors contribute, he said.
However, that number could vary as the amount spent is based on the actual yearly expenditures for the program, McCraw said.
The district is looking at paying about $16,000 annually with the county's withdrawal from the contract, McCraw said.
Having only just received the notice of withdrawal, the board collectively agreed to table the matter until more information could be gathered.