School Board readjusts its spending plan

Friday, October 1, 2010

Members of the school board met Tuesday night to respond to the county budget passed the night before.

In a very short meeting, the board voted to approve a budget in line with what the county commission was allowing them for running of Marshall County's schools.

The budget, as passed by the commission, gave the schools $74,872 less than the board had requested from its fund balance, also known as a reserve account.

Acting on recommendations from schools director Roy Dukes, the board agreed to make the following cuts:

* Assistant director's salary, $20,750. Ken Lee will not take up this position until Jan. 1 because a teacher has not been found to replace him

* Teacher at Cornersville Elementary School, $30,100. This position was never filled.

* SRO at Lewisburg Middle School, $9,250. Dukes is still talking with Sheriff Norman Dalton about a school resource officer for LMS, but there will not be a police officer in that position until December at the earliest.

* Fuel, $5,000.

* Utilities, $9,772.

The fund balance is still being reduced by $631,753. This is "non-recurring expenses," such as math textbooks, cameras for school buses, a car for Dukes, capital outlay, other equipment, and payments to previous director Stan Curtis. The fund balance remains above the statutory minimum of three percent.

Dukes pointed out that if the cuts in fuel and utilities, for instance, prove to be too deep, the school board can go back to the county commission and ask for more money.