Working budget approved for Boyle schools

September 19, 2004

The Boyle County Board of Education approved its 2004-2005 working budget Thursday.

The budget, presented by Director of Learning Support Rick Dear, provides funding for the 2 percent salary increase that became effective July 1 and an additional 1 percent raise mandated by Gov. Fletcher to offset an increase in health insurance premiums.

Projected revenue includes $165,925 in property tax, assuming a 98 percent collection rate, and a tentative increase in Support Education Excellence for Kentucky (SEEK) funding of $160,148 to cover the 1 percent salary increase to be effective in January.

To further ensure adequate money is available for the 1 percent raise, funding for computers was reduced from $200,000 to $50,000, to be replaced when state funds for the 1 percent salary increase arrive.


The budget contains a contingency fund of $819,018 that represents 4 percent of the total budget.

Dear raised several concerns about the budget that board members need to keep an eye on. They include:

* SEEK and state grants are not part of an approved state budget.

* The state insurance contribution per employee has not been revealed, and federal grants now must cover insurance costs, impacting their budgets and placing pressure on the district's budget.

* For the first time, local districts must pay for part of the cost of preschool; Boyle's cost this year will be $45,000.

* Fuel prices from the first to the second quarter have risen 39.21 cents per gallon.

* The additional 1 percent salary increase and increase in food prices could place the district in the position of having to contribute to meeting state and federal cash balance requirements in the food service program.

* Unforeseen repairs that can reduce the contingency fund.

The board also approved the purchase of iPrism or similar Internet access management software that will cost between $20,000 to $25,000 over a three-year period, as recommended by District Technology Coordinator Steve Sullivan to provide additional filtering and monitoring capacity.

The software, to be locally tested by Sullivan next week prior to commitment, is expected to monitor, filter and automatically report inappropriate Internet access to assist with enforcement of the district's acceptable computer use policies.

Web analysts review and rate web sites every day to provide ongoing updates to filter out material featuring adult themes, displays of lingerie, nudity, copyright infringement, computer hacking, intolerance and extremism, questionable or illegal activity, profanity and sites advocating cults or promoting use of construction of weapons or bombs.

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