School board talks $19 million budget

Apr. 01, 2014 @ 05:36 PM

“You can’t get it if you don’t ask” was the reoccurring statement at Monday’s Vance Board of Education budget meeting.

With Vance County education system ranked 90th of 115 districts in the state in per-pupil funding, the board was eager for a push for funds that would increase the county’s standing.

“We are way behind,” Superintendent Ronald Gregory said.

With that in mind, district staff drafted a $19 million dollar budget plan to be approved at the next board of education meeting. The full budget will be adopted later, contingent upon county commissioner and state funding.

“Keep in mind that this is a master list,” Gregory said. “We might not get any of it.”

The requested funding is two times higher than the $8 million received last year, putting the county the least funded when compared with nearby Franklin, Granville and Warren counties.

The budget plan was complete with cleaning supplies, furniture  upgrades and facility projects, including the Carver Elementary multipurpose room and the purchase of a new activity bus.

It added a technology appropriation, dedicating $1.5 million in annual allowance to teacher, classroom and computer lab technology upgrades.

District Finance Officer Robert Newby drafted the plan and prioritized the school system’s needs.

“There are a lot of wants and needs here,” Chairwoman Gloria White said. “It has to be in the forefront.”

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