"I think we need to get an overall idea on major expenses so we can budget the money," said Dinah Burton, school board member.
Board member Mike Davis suggested not buying a new bus and using the $55,000 to help with the tennis courts, but learned that money for buses is reimbursed to the board by the state.
Pierce said a new bleachers and a concession stand are needed for the track area and said the high school vocational class has offered to help with construction.
Pierce said the athletic fund money can only be used on equipment and what the coaches ask for. Last year, the fund paid for $10,000 worth of uniforms and $5,000 in athletic equipment.
No action was taken on the tennis court project, but the board indicated it would look at the budget for the next fiscal year before it makes a decision.
In other matters, the board delayed action on the final payment of $121,945 to Doss & Horkey Construction Co. until the heating and air conditioning system at the middle school has been given a final inspection.
Mark Cleary of Lucas/Schwering Architects in Lexington had asked for the payment to be approved.
He also said work on the new Jones Park Elementary School is two weeks ahead of schedule. The board approved a $311,455 pay application for D.W. Wilburn construction company which has the contract for the new school.
The board also learned that Superintendent Linda Hatter hired Ramona Ellis, instructional assistant; Shirley Baldock, central office accounting clerk II; Larry Harris, lead mechanic, and Eric Carman, mechanic and bus driver; Judy Allen, janitor at the high school; Jerry Brown, janitor, Douglas Elementary; and Margaret Salyers, instructional assistant, Middleburg Elementary.
Resignations accepted were from Jennifer Godbey, high school cheerleading coach; Barb Pelley, middle school academic coach; Shirley Baldock, Phillips Elementary secretary; Melissa Lynn, Phelps elementary cook; and Kevin Eads, bus driver.
Several teachers also were hired to work with the Reading First and other school programs.