District waits for state, federal funding

School board set to pass interim budget at Monday meeting
Jun. 28, 2014 @ 07:03 PM

Vance County Schools will close out its fiscal year Monday.

Superintendent Ronald Gregory called a Board of Education meeting to adopt an interim budget that will carry the district into the next fiscal year, which starts Tuesday.

The interim budget allows the district to continue operating on the current year’s budget of about $66 million until 2014-2015 federal, state and local funding is finalized.

State and federal budgets, which support programs such as the district’s Title I and career and technical programs, being negotiated.

The Vance County Board of Commissioners on June 23 approved funding the school system at $8.5 million — about $100,000 more than last year but about $10 million less than requested.

Assistant Superintendent Brian Creasman said Friday the board asked for $19 million to meet the basic needs of students and teachers.

He said retaining high quality teachers, helping students meet state standards and staying on top of technology innovations will be a struggle with another year of flat funding.

The district will likely operate without a finalized budget until enrollment numbers are established in early fall.

Also during the meeting, the board will hear 2014-2015 nutrition bids for food items, such as milk and bread.

Next year, all Vance County students will receive free meals through the Community Eligibility Provision, a federal program administered under the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act.

The program serves districts educating at least 40 percent of children qualifying for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as food stamps.

The school system’s rate is 65 percent, which could mean about $40,000 of added reimbursement to the school meals funding.

The board approved the program at its monthly meeting May 12.

Also during the meeting, the board will:

• Conduct readings of policies banning student interacting via unregulated online channels and restricting soliciting on school property.

 

• Consider any out-of-county student transfers and personnel recommendations.

Contact the writer at dhairston@hendersondispatch.com.