Cannery receives additional funds


    The Stephens County School System's financial situation has improved significantly since the revelation of a multi-million dollar shortfall a little more than five years ago.
    It is so good, the school board last week transferred $50,000 from the general fund to the Eastanollee cannery in order to keep it open and operating.
    The transfer was unanimously approved by board members at their Wednesday, Dec. 4 meeting.
    School superintendent Bryan Dorsey said the additional funding for the cannery has been needed for some three years as the facility does not make enough money to sustain itself.
    And, Dorsey said that the school finances could continue to retain cannery operations if it was “deemed important to the community.”
    Other examples of the school system’s financial resurrection are:
    • Extensive renovations at the high school Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education center (CTAE) classes.
    • Receipt of an award from the Department of Audits and Accounts for Excellent Financial Reporting for fiscal year 2018.
    In other recent school business, deputy superintendent Daniel Oldham  spoke to the school board in November regarding a new app that's available for those who wish to assist students in need.
    The Purposity App allows donations of $40 or less to the school system to address specific needs of the students.
    Oldham said that the app was used specifically by school systems throughout the country, allowing anonymous donations funneled through social workers to assist with students' needs.
    "(It's for) people in our community that care and want to be generous," Oldham told board members

  • The cannery at Eastanollee.
    The cannery at Eastanollee.

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