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Page A-8, The Tuskegee News, July 20, 2000 f i School Board gets 10-year loan to pay off con By GUY RHODES Editor In order to pay off a $1.213 million loan to Johnson Control for a contract for fighting, heat- ing/cooling and other operations in county schools, the Macon County Board of Education (MCBOE) recently agreed to convert the loan to be paid back over a 10-year period. That action was taken at a recent board meeting aRer approval was given the local beard by state education officials because Macon school system is under state control for its finances. Approval was given to secure a 10-year loan from First Tuskegee Bank at an interest rate of $5.5 percent. Payments will be about $30,000 quarter- ly. The contract with Johnson Control was signed by former MCBOE superintendent Dr. James Patrick and approved by Dr. Becky Lee, who was then serving as the state-appointed chief financial officer for the Macon board. Only Dr. Patrick's sig- nature is not on the contract and there is no record of official board approval of the contract, although some beard members remember the matter being dismtssed by the former superintendent and a go- ahead given. Board member Earnest Washington, who was defeated last month in a bid for reelection to the board, said he didn't appreciate some comments in the community during his election campaign indi- cating he received a financial kickback from Johnson Control. "I wasn't involved in any kickback and don't appreciate some people saying I stole money through Johnson Control with a kickback," Washington stressed. In other action, the board: *Was informed that with block scheduling, some students finish a class such as algebra or biology in the fall block and not have those subjects in the spring semester, yet are tested on the material later in the year. However, adjustments have been made to allow students who finish those courses in the fall to take the standardized test in the fall, immediately after completing the classes. *Approved providing 20 percent of at-risk pro- gram funds to the YMCA and Boys and Girls Clubs as required by law. The funds will be used by those organizations to help address problems such as teen pregnancy. *Approved several personnel actions. They were accepting the resignation of Khristi Ford Huffas a first grade teacher Notasulga High School; and the following appointments: Lena D. Fielder, special education teacher at Booker T. Washington High School; Arlene S. Lofton, fifth grade teacher at Washington Public; Valencia Saffold, second grade teacher at Tuskegee Public; Demteri Sermons, French teacher at BTW; and Nichole Tolbert, sec- ond grade teacher at Tuskegee Public. Heard from Board President Alfred that the board needs to talk to State Sen. Clay about amending legislation that Macon system's superintendent to a $70,000 annually. The boarc for a superintendent to replace interim tendent Clima White who has turned opportunity to be the permanent Randolph said some potential applicants superintendents job don't apply because would have to take pay cuts from their jobs-some as assistant su the Macon job. Scheduled the next meeting of the board p.m. Thursday, July 27, at BTW. The normally the third Thursday of the was postponed from July 20 to July 27 month. USDA housing loans require a little to no down payment Families and individuals in Bullock, Chambers, Lee, Macon and Russell counties have the opportunity to become homeowners through USDA Rural Development. USDA Rural Development's Guaranteed Housing Loan Program is available to help moderate-income people secure a home mortgage. USDA's guaranteed housing loans are originat- ed and processed by approved lenders, such as banks and mortgage companies. Typically, no down payment is required and the applicant can borrow up to 100 percent of the appraised value of the property. =To be eligible for a guaranteed loan, the income for a four-person household cannot exceed $46,850 in Chambers, Bullock and Macon counties, and in Russell County cannot exceed $51,300," said Donald Brooks, Community Development Manager in Opelika. "Income for a four-person household in Lee County cannot exceed $51,050." Income limits vary from county to county and are based on the number of people in the house- hold and the median income for the county. Additional eligibility requirements include hav- ing an acceptable credit record and adequate 4ncome to repay the housing loan plus other liv- ing expenses. The property to be purchased must be located in a rural area, which includes all of Bullock and Macon counties, all of Chambers County except the Lanett and Valley area, all of Lee County except the Auburn and Opelika area, and all of Russell County except the Phenix City area. The interest rate is negotiated between the lender and the applicant; however, it cannot exceed the current Fannie Mae interest rate, plus 6/10 of 1 percent. "USDA Rural Development homeownership programs not only assist homebuyers, but also contribute to economic growth in rural areas through businesses in the home building indus- try such as mortgage companies, Realtors, homebuilders and many others," said Anne Payne, State Director of USDA Rural Development in Alabama. "These programs will help put the dream of home ownership within reach of many more rural residents." The USDA Rural Development office serving Bullock, Chambers, Lee, Macon and Russell counties is located in Opelika. For more infor- mation on USDA's guaranteed housing loan pro- gram and to obtain a list of approved lenders, please call the Opelika office at 334-745-7638. Two from Tuskegee honor students at TSU Dr. Jack Hawkins Jr., Chancellor of Troy State University System, announced that 448 ~tudnets made the Chancellor's and Provost's Lists for Spring semester 2000. Full-time ! andergraduate students earning a grade point average of 4.0 are named to the Chancello'r List. Students named to the Provost's List received an average of 3.65 or higher for the term. Lakeisha Bozeman of Tuskegee made the Chancellor's List, while Robin Spratlin, also of Tuskegee, made the Provost's List. ! i i i Langford,,o. ,e .,, ......... ~ouncil seats without opposition. The same is almost true for the Shorter Council with the exception of Place 5, which had been vacant since the death of Clara Woods. Greg Manning is running for that seat. Returnees are Franklin Council President Pro Tern Desiev Howard for Place 1, Betty Jeter for Place 2, Mark Bailey for Place 3 and Juanita Magruder for Place 4. Magruder was appointed by the council two months ago to replace Willie Chappell after ChappelYs death. Bailey was appointed a year earlier when Sandor Maloy was appointed Shorter's police chief and had to relinquish his council seat. The story is different in Notasulga where only two of five current council members are unop- posed. In District 1, Cecil "Bub" Langford Jr., son of the mayor, is running for reelection with- out opposition. The same is true for District 5 where incumbent Robin Collins is the only qual- ifier. Incumbent Tommy Whitman faces opposition for the District 2 seat from Terry Broach, John Waldrep and Travis Youngblood. For District 3, the seat being vacated by Tew, candidates are Ben Bass, Joe Behler, Brenda Boman and Tommy Miller. In District 4, Baxter Garner is being opposed Jerry Beasley Jr., no relation to the former governor candidate. Tuskegee qualifying (FromPageA-1) reelection without opposition for Place 1, but Willie C. Anderson and Sheran Smith also qualified and will be in that race. Place 2 on the board will be between Barry White and Marvin D. Magruder after State Rep. Johnny Ford with- drew from the race Tuesday. Ford had qualified for Place 2 after a State Attorney General's opinion said he could hold two elected positions. The mayor's race is expected to be a close one and likely to have a runoff with so many candidates challenging Williams who won election in 1996 over six-term mayor Ford, who now sits in the state legis- lature. Muhammad, Washin ~-n and Tatum say they faw, a city manager to run the day-to-day operation of the city. The pre- sent council voted to hire a city manager, but that action was vetoed by Mayor Williams and later challenged in court by Williams. Circuit Judge Howard Bryan has not ruled on whether or not the council can hire a city manager. Howard, Johnson, Maxwell, Rev. Michael and both Williams have indicated they are not in favor of a city manager. Mayor Williams currently serves as superintendent of the utilities board at an annual salary of $37,000. Howard, Tatum, Muhammad and Washington would not seek to superintendent of the board, a position that by the board. The city election is with a runoff on Sept. elected will take office 2. If you can give a deserving child a through foster care or adoption, Then please call us at 1-800-926-8887 or www.familyfinders.org Family Finders is a collaborative effort service agencies to find foster and homes for children in the custody ~ Department of Human Resources and homes for vulnerable adults. The Hometown Under New JOE BROWN Assistant General Manager iiiii~:: :iii!: iiiiii:!i:i ROZELL CHAPELL JR. 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