Approval expected for $66M budget in Vance County Schools

Oct. 30, 2013 @ 09:59 PM

Vance County Schools will operate with a budget 1.34 percent lower than a year ago.

The school board met in special session Wednesday afternoon. The board, for its November meeting, is expected to approve a budget of $66,606,185 that now includes final numbers associated with state funding.

In another activity of significance Wednesday, the board is also expected in November to formerly approve Jeff Arthurs as the new athletics director at Northern Vance High School.

Arthurs is the current boys and girls tennis coach. Per school board policy adopted for the beginning of the 2011-12 academic year, he’ll relinquish both coaching positions to become the AD. Contacted Wednesday night, Arthurs said that is his intent but he hopes to retain teaching his full engineering class load.

Wednesday, the board did not mention amendments to any existing policies regarding athletics directors.

It is typical for the school system to operate part of the fiscal year without a finalized budget, pending the start of school and final enrollment numbers exchanged with the state.

The State Public School fund comprises the largest portion of the budget at 63.67 percent, or $42,410,795, which is $299,423 less than last year.

The Local Current Expense Fund is 12.14 percent of the total budget, and the Federal Grants Fund is 11.34 percent, or $8,617,910, which is more than a 12 percent decrease from last year.

Child nutrition represents 8 percent of the budget, capital outlay is 1.33 percent and the other restricted fund is 3.5 percent.

The budget line for charter schools in the Local Current Expense Fund is $796,689, a 10-percent increase from last year’s funding allotment.

The average daily membership dictates the per pupil allocation for charter schools. State law requires local schools to transfer funds to charter schools for each student who resides in the local school district but attends a charter.

Robert Newby, the finance officer for the school system, said an estimated 806 students are in charter schools this year compared to 712 last year. The allocation per student rose from $107.60 to $107.72.

Based on lower enrollment figures for the 2013-2014 school year, the state allocation for teacher assistant funding has decreased 17 percent.

The reduced enrollment has also resulted in a loss of 6.32 teacher positions from the previous year, and decreased the per pupil funding for school supplies from $33.16 to $28.58.

Funding per pupil for student textbooks, which did not have a carryover last year, does have a carryover this year and has increased. Trixie Brooks, director of curriculum, said the increased funding is much needed as some textbooks have not been updated in eight years.

 

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