Casey will make 2.5 percent cuts in school spending

January 13, 2004|BRENDA S. EDWARDS

LIBERTY - The state budget cuts will mean 2.5 percent in spending cuts overall for the Casey County Board of Education.

"We need to watch spending, but keep the children in mind," Deena Randolph, board treasurer and manager of districtwide services, told the board Monday night.

While the district budget is still strong with $3.5 million in the general fund, Randolph said funds are down by $90,000 and expenses have exceeded revenue increases. She said expenditures were up $320,000 but revenues were only up by $168,000 from last year.

She said expenditures were up partly because the school system paid the full amount for an insurance bill, computer equipment and an increase in salaries.


"We need to watch spending because of the economy," she said.

The board approved a $14.8 million draft budget for the next fiscal year that includes a 2 percent increase in salaries for certified personnel.

Randolph said she hopes to get the $233,000 from the state to cover salaries for certified personnel. She will know more about the state budget after the legislature finishes meeting.

This is the third consecutive year for cuts in state revenue for the Youth Services and Family Resource centers.

Marilyn Coffey and Jennifer Godbey of the Family Resource Centers and Steve Sweeney, coordinator for the Youth Services Center, gave a report on what the centers, established in 1991, provide for school children.

State grants fund the centers and are based on the number of children on free lunch eligibility, said Coffey.

She said when the program started in 1991, $200 was provided for each child, and that amount has dropped to $190.

Once the centers are established, they can serve all children in each school.

Coffey said they continually look for grant funds to help with the programs for families and children.

She said the school system has been serving as many as 35 families, but that amount has been cut in half because of budget cuts.

The programs go along with the "No Child Left Behind" program and help children with reading and health care, and work with parents in teaching their children to read. Coffey said the children, from birth to 5 years old, receive high quality services.

"We hope by the time the children move into kindergarten, they can read."

The year-round programs serve children ages 3-12 years old, Coffey said.

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