Lake Forest Funding Votes Postponed In Bradley County

Monday, May 20, 2013 - by Sarah Ruf
It was supposed to be voting day on four motions breaking down funding for possible changes to Lake Forest Middle School but - with four commissioners missing from Monday afternoon’s meeting - the Bradley County Commission pushed all votes to June 3.

Representatives from the Bradley County School Board presented their balanced budget for the upcoming school year. Johnny McDaniel, director of Bradley County schools, told the commission that budget included “modest” increases to teacher salaries.

Commissioners went on to praise Bradley County public school teachers for their hard work and dedication over the past school year.

Unlike last week’s work session, there wasn’t much discussion about the logistics of financing a new middle school, but First District Commissioner Terry Caywood said he considered the school board already invested in a future middle school project in lieu of upcoming monthly payments of $50,000 to the city of Cleveland, part of the December sales tax agreement.

“I was amazed that you were able to absorb $50,000 a month,” Commissioner Caywood told school board representatives. “I think you’ve already made a contribution.”

Fourth District Commissioner J. Adam Lowe said after several commissioners requested more time to discuss funding options, he would postpone his measure to go through with the ad hoc committee’s recommendation to approve $14 million for new school construction.

Other commissioners postponed their measures to the June 3 meeting to give their absent colleagues a chance to vote on a school board financial commitment for the middle school, and whether savings from eliminating Animal Control services should go to the proposed school or to debt services.

County Mayor D. Gary Davis, Commission Chairman Louie Alford, and Commissioners Brian Smith, Jeff Morelock and Bill Winters were not present at the meeting.

The commission will meet next for a work session Tuesday, May 28, at 7 p.m. due to the Memorial Day holiday.

You can reach Sarah Ruf at or on Twitter @sarah_ruf.

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