March 15, 2014
The Waynesboro High School renovations have been a contentious issue. The project went $551,000 over budget.
Some City Council members wanted a public reprimand of school superintendent Dr. Lowell Lemons for the overruns.
Yesterday, the school board said there would be no such reprimand.
Tonight, City Council considered approving school surplus money to pay for the overruns.
Before the overrun issue was voted on, citizens had a chance to speak.
They turned out to voice their support of Dr. Lemons and to express their disapproval of the actions of some Council members.
"I support the school board's action on Oct. 27," said Sue Wright, "A public reprimand is not appropriate."
"For some City Council members to go on public record with a blackmail command for the school to reprimand our superintendent is an embarrassment to the community," said Harry Coleman.
Mayor Charles Ricketts did his best to keep the focus on the issue of surplus funds.
Council approved $551,000 in surplus money necessary to pay for the high school cost overruns. Council also approved $330,000 in a fund for other school capital projects with the stipulation that school board officials come before Council and get their approval first.