Central View closing addressed at county commission meeting

Central View closing addressed at county commission meeting

SPARTALIVE/May 24, 2018 7:38 AM

The closing of Central View Elementary school was one of the topics at the Board of Commissioners meeting on Monday night.

After approving several motions, including the name change of a road in the Fourth District, and disbursement of the solid waste disposal fund, the chairman of the board, Stanley Neal, opened up the floor to the audience. Dewayne Howard, claiming to represent Bondecroft Elementary school, stepped up to the microphone to speak.

Howard read from his notes and spoke of a hypothetical scenario about a fictional board member who made the wrong decision about saving money. He then compared this scenario with the decision that has been made to close Central View Elementary School.

“I am not here to attack anyone personally,” stated Howard. “(The Central View community) has been violated and their school has been murdered.”

Halfway into his allotted three-minute time span to speak, Neal interrupted Howard and asked him how much longer he estimated his address to be. Howard said he did not have much longer to go. He then asked the commission if they had any objections to him continuing his speech. After responding that they had no objections, Howard went on to suggest that, as long as Central View is on the chopping block, the commission should consider suspending any budget votes. The commission did not respond to Howard’s proposal.

In other business, State Representative Paul Sherrell, of White County, addressed the committee next about Bill HBO268, which would allow volunteer firemen and volunteer rescue squad members to receive free license plates in honor of their service.

“I am here tonight to ask you to help these folks, to see if we can’t get rid of this wheel tax on their license plates,” said Sherrell. “It isn’t to help me but to help those folks that are out there working for you and I and don’t receive any money for it.”

The commission did not respond to Sherrell’s request other than to thank him for what he was doing. Neal then called for any old business to be addressed to which there was none, then for any new business, and there was no response.

A call for adjournment was given and the meeting was concluded.

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