By Beth Christian Broschart
Barbour County Board of Education members voted Monday to accept a Bank of America settlement in a class action suit.
The suit was first brought to the board's attention during the Dec. 19, 2011 meeting when then-board member David Strait informed them they were named in a suit against Bank of America and were entitled to more than $5,000.
"If we vote to accept this settlement we will receive the money," Strait said in 2011. "If we do not accept this settlement, we will be included in another suit against Bank of America,"
During the 2011 meeting, there was no motion to take any action, and the inactivity placed Barbour County Board of Education in the next round of the suit.
Super said Monday that by waiting until now, the amount of money the board will receive should be about $10,000.
The board has not publicly provided any information about how it was involved with the Bank of America.
In other action, Attendance Director Glenn Sweet updated members of the Barbour BOE about attendance and facility projects. Barbour County students are back in the classrooms and learning is in full swing.
"As of Aug. 23, we had 2,430 students in Barbour County schools, compared to 2,403 on the same day last year," Sweet said. "However, this number will continue to fluctuate and not become constant until Labor Day."
Sweet said new paper towel holders, soap dispensers and toilet tissue dispensers were installed free of charge in all of the schools except Philip Barbour High School.
"These are each more efficient and will save on supplies," Sweet said. "The supplies we have left will be used at the high school until they are all used."
Another change is the removal of fax lines in the county, Sweet said.
"We reduced 11 fax lines at a savings of $50 per line per month," he said. "They have been replaced with scanners so information can be scanned and emailed."
Board members also voted to approve Jennifer Swift as principal at Kasson Elementary Middle School for the 2013 to 2014 school year. Swift replaces Michelle Barb, who resigned effective Aug. 5.
The next Barbour County Board of Education meeting is slated for 6 p.m. Sept. 9 at the board office.