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PCS approves budget

Despite the possibility of having to dig deeper into its reserves, the Pike County Board of Education passed the 2010 fiscal year budget, which will begin Oct. 1.

The board voted to pass a $24 million budget, which is expected to include $13.2 million in state allocations, $6.1 million in federal money, $4.8 million in local funding and $106,000 from other sources.

The school system is expected to end this fiscal year with about $2.2 million in its reserves, which Superintendent Mark Bazzell said is a good thing.

“It’s a good thing that we have a reserve,” Bazzell said. “But the reserve is likely to decline.”

It’s likely the board will be focused to make adjustments after Gov. Bob Riley announced yet another year of proration.

“We expect the governor will declare 6 to 10 percent proration for FY2010,” Bazzell said.

The board also adopted a resolution that would recognize the reduction in the board’s state and local funds.

“This was prepared by Mrs. Donnella Carter in order for us to utilize stimulus money,” Bazzell said.

The board approved participation in the National Federation of State High Schools Licensing Program agreement with the Licensing Resource Group and the Alabama High School Athletic Association.

“With your permission, I would like to contact this group about trademark and licensing our logos,” Bazzell said. “I would like to get the athletic directors and principals involved.”

In other business, the board approved its capital plan and additions and revisions to system policies, its contract with the Pike County Economic Development Corp., and requests for student transfers. In personnel business, the board approved employment of Lisa Foropoulos as ELL professional development coach – interventionist, approved Andrea Nicole Kimbril as assistant volleyball coach at Pike County High School and approved the voluntary transfer of Jo Kilpatrick from the position of ARFI reading coach to ARRA academic coach at Pike County Elementary School.