Archive for Friday, August 18, 2006

School board finalizes 2006-2007 budget for hearing

August 18, 2006

In preparation for its budget hearing on Aug. 27, the Baldwin Board of Education finalized its budget for next year by funding two additional positions in the district.

The school board held a special budget work session Thursday evening. During the meeting, the board agreed upon still funding half of the school resource officer for this school year, which is $29,000.

"I have budgeted in the SRO for that amount," Supt. Paul Dorathy said. "It is budgeted in here, but it's not a line item since it is new this year."

The other position that the board agreed to fund was the Baldwin Education Foundation director. The board agreed to do this after a lengthy discussion.

The board was concerned about whether the foundation would still be contributing dollars back to the district.

"In a few years, the board would no longer be funding this because the foundation would be paying for it," Board Member Ruth Barkley said. "This would just be seed money."

The foundation director would cost the district approximately $12,000. The board wasn't sure how much it would be paying for, so it asked Dorathy to try to see how much it could fit into the budget.

The board was looking at items carefully Thursday in light of the $300,000 shortfall that was recently discovered.

The school board has scheduled its budget hearing for 2 p.m. Aug. 27 at the District Office.

The Signal will update the story online and there will be a full story on the meeting in next week's Signal.

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