School board will convene on Tuesday

Nov. 09, 2013 @ 04:29 PM

The Vance County Board of Education will likely approve a $66,606,185 budget Tuesday night at its monthly meeting. The budget is 1.34 percent lower than a year ago.

The school board usually meets the second Monday of the month, but will meet Tuesday due to the Veterans Day holiday.

The Local Current Expense Fund is $8,082,938, or 12 percent of the total budget and the Federal Grants Fund is $7,511,362, an 11 percent decrease from last year.

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.

Child nutrition represents 8 percent of the budget, or $5,333,476, capital outlay is 1.33 percent and the other restricted fund is 3.5 percent.

The school board met in special session in the last week of October to discuss the 2013-2014 school year budget with final numbers that determine state, local and federal funding.

Typically, schools operate part of the fiscal year without a finalized budget because the final enrollment numbers are not established by the local system until early fall.

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.

The board is also expected to approve the personnel committee’s recommendation to hire Jeff Arthurs as the new athletics director at Northern Vance High School.

Arthurs will step down from his position as boys and girls tennis coach, per school board policy adopted in the beginning of the 2011-12 school year.

He is an engineering and architecture teacher at Northern Vance, and recently won the 2013 Teacher of the Year award.

The superintendent’s report includes an update on the third-grade reading initiative sponsored by the United Way of Vance County, as well as the recently released accountability results.

The report also includes the school improvement plan and objectives for Western Vance High School and the transition plan for dropout prevention.

The school board will consider a request to approve the Early High School STEM Program as a “new school,” which would allow the board to complete the new school application process through the state department of education.

The early high school program, which opened with 100 sixth-grade students in fall 2012, accepted 100 new sixth-grade students this fall and anticipates there will be 100 additional students in fall 2014 to complete the 300-member program with grades 6-8, according to the superintendent’s report.

Contact the writer at smansur@hendersondispatch.com.