September 25, 2020

To all citizens of Calhoun County,

Next week, the financials for Calhoun County Schools will be published in the paper for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2020. This financial report will show that Calhoun County Schools no longer has a deficit. We are very proud of the work the employees of Calhoun County Schools have accomplished over the last three years. With the employee’s help over the last three years, we had not only reduced the deficit each year but last year, we eliminated the deficit. This was achieved by everyone working together. We achieved something that the state department said would take 20 years in just 3 years.

I am so proud of our accomplishment, everyone worked hard, and this achievement will allow our students to have more opportunities. The sacrifices that the staff made over the last three years and their help are what make this happen so quickly. The cooks started provided suppers for all students, and we conserved on custodial supplies by ordering only twice per year. Classroom teachers didn’t get yearly supply money. Every one of our employees helped to make this happen. This year we were able to restore the classroom supply money, change the lights in the gyms at CMHS, and have increased the custodial supplies to meet the needs of COVID. We will continue to make small improvements to catch up on deferred maintenance. We are down several students and will need to continue to keep a close eye on the budget, but for now, we are out of the DEFICIT. I am so proud of the work Calhoun County School employees have done and will continue to do for our students.

Kelli Whytsell,

Superintendent, Calhoun County