GREENVILLE ASSISTANT CITY MANAGER JOB ELIMINATED
According to a press release for the City of Greenville the job of Assistant City Manager has been eliminated. Lisa Stephens will be leaving her position as Assistant Greenville City Manager in charge of Economic Development at the end of August. Mayor Alan Gaffner said, “Lisa has done a tremendous job. Over the last three years, the economic development success we have experienced has been like no other time in the history of Greenville. Lisa has been very significant in the location of Mulinaro, of the Buchheit store, Love's Travel Center, Donnewald Distributing, Huddle House, The Bakery Nook, Turret Café, and Kahuna's Restaurant. Lisa was the individual who worked the Project Carolina process moving us for 1 of 25, to 1 of only 2 finalists. She should be credited and complimented on her role in all those projects. Economic development and industrial recruitment is going to continue to be a priority for the City of Greenville. City Manager Dave Willey will take over the responsibilities. We are going to miss Lisa, and we are going to be scheduling a public reception to invite the community to thank Lisa for everything she has done over the past three years.”
BOND COUNTY UNIT 2 SCHOOL BOARD AND BUDGET
The Bond County Unit 2 School Board met Monday night at the Greenville High School Media Center. The state still owes the district money. Payments were received after the June 30 end of the fiscal year. At this point, around $500,000 is still owed the district and more payments may be received by December. Superintendent Jeff Strieker, said the finances are better but the financial condition is still contingent on when the state payments are received. The board received a preliminary budget for the next school year. According to the superintendent, this budget will likely change before the next school board meeting. He added, “This is a very challenging time to put together a budget.” The next meeting will be September 20.
The school year starts this Thursday, and after the disastrous water main break at the Greenville Elementary School, the work to repair the damage has resulted in some fine updates to the building and the repair work came in under bid by about $5,500. The new elevator at the high school should be done by the end of the week and the ditches were cleaned out at the high school. The Greenville Grade School will hold a “Back to School Carnival” Wednesday and a Kindergarten Breakfast Thursday morning. The new teachers were introduced and the district won a 2010 Bright Star Award for high academic standards while receiving low funding.