TCSS to host hearings and ribbon cuttings

Published 10:00 am Wednesday, June 12, 2024

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The Troup County School District is finalizing the 2024-2025 budget. On Thursday, it is expected the Board will approve the proposed budget. However, before the final budget can be approved the millage rate must be approved. 

The millage rate which is approved yearly by the Board of Education and the County’s Board of Commissioners, is used to determine the property tax paid on a piece of property. One mill is equivalent to $1 of tax levied per $1000 of the assessed value of a property. 

Because property taxes go to support the Troup County Government and the public school system, the millage rate must be finalized before the TCSS budget. 

Two public hearings will be held to discuss millage rates at the school board office at 100 North Davis Rd. They will be on June 24 at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET. On July 8 at 6 p.m., the board will approve the millage rate. The County Commission must also hold public hearings before the rate is finalized. 

Another date to keep in mind is the ribbon cutting for the Rosemont School. At the Monday work session of the Troup County Board of Education, Mr. Ryan Traylor, Director of Facilities & Construction, presented construction updates to the board. The Rosemont school is wrapping up construction and will hold a ribbon cutting on July 11 at 10 a.m. in the renovated school. 

“But the entire building will not be ready for you all to do tours because it won’t be cleaned yet. And they’re still going to be installing furniture,” said Brian Shumate, TCSS Superintendent. “So we’re going to get the lobby clean and we’re going to have a little reception inside.”

He added that an open house for parents and staff will be held sometime later in the summer, to view the finished school. 

Another ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held for the healthcare mobile center at West Point Elementary School. While the date is not set, Shumate asked it be done before the start of the school year.  

“I think there’s a great need,” Shumate said during an October meeting when the Board began discussing the center. “Wellstar has no pediatric services in the city of West Point.”

TCSS operated a similar small pediatric clinic at Callaway Elementary School. According to Shumate, the clinic will be staffed by Wellstar employees, with equipment and furniture funded by the Callaway Foundation. The district would maintain the building and pay utilities. The clinic would be open to all children, not just kids of West Point.