Despite dissent, Fayette BOE passes resolution to support facilities plan

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Despite dissent, Fayette BOE passes resolution to support facilities plan
By Sarah Plummer, The Register-Herald

FAYETTEVILLE — In a room tense with exasperated sighs, whispers and head shaking, the Fayette County Board of Education voted Monday to pass a resolution to support proposed changes to the Comprehensive Education Facilities Plan.

The resolution stated, "The Comprehensive Educational Facilities Plan amendment submitted to both the State Board of Education and the School Building Authority will correct the majority of the facility issues that exist in the county. Our students deserve the opportunity to go to school in an environment that is safe and conducive to learning."

The plan was developed by the School Building Authority (SBA) after a 54-member capitol planning committee established goals and criteria for the reconfiguring, like preferred school size and bus times.

The resolution passed 4-1.

Board President Steve Bush made the motion to support and sign the resolution, and it was seconded by Steve Slockett. Bush called for a vote and immediately cast his own vote in favor of the measure.

After a moment of silence, Slockett make the sign of the cross and cast an affirmative voice vote followed by Pat Gray and Darrin McGuffin.

When calling for those opposed to the resolution, Patsy Holliday offered a strong "Me."

"I'm amazed we are even here this morning to address this pathetic Fayette County plan," she said.

Holliday said SBA officials told community members they would not close schools, and the 54-member committee did not come up with the plan.

She voiced strong opposition for students in outlying community high schools slated to attend neighboring counties.

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