The Watkinsville City Council was not the only local government plagued by discord and grudges. Throughout the year, the Oconee Board of Education and the Board of Commissioners feuded over roundabouts, athletic fees and even renovations at the Oconee Civic Center.

Much of the acrimony runs deep, with several commissioners rehashing the BOE’s failure to involve county officials in the purchase of land for Dove Creek Elementary School and the removal of a gas line during construction of the school.

Discussions about roundabouts first started two years ago amidst concerns about growing student enrollment at Malcom Bridge Elementary and Middle schools and a forthcoming shopping center along Malcom Bridge Road. Now, the county has two roundabouts along the Malcolm Bridge Road corridor with the hopes of building another in front of the MBMS parent entrance.

Additionally, the BOC felt slighted by the BOE’s proposal to charge the county for use of school athletic fees. Members of the BOE defended themselves, explaining that use of athletic facilities and the student population have increased significantly over the past decade. They also emphasized that the county was given the non-profit rate.

BOC chairman John Daniell said that the county has never charged the school district for use of its park facilities and never will.

For more on this story, see the Dec. 31 "Year in Review" edition of The Oconee Enterprise, on sale now at convenience stores and grocery stores and newspaper boxes throughout Oconee County. To subscribe, call (706) 769-5175 or visit the tab on our website. 

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