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PCBOE approves budget

The Pike County Board of Education approved the annual school budget Monday for FY 2011 with anticipated revenue of $23,510,713.

Dr. Mark Bazzell, Pike County superintendent of education, said the budget reflects an increase in federal dollars due to Stimulus Package funding and also includes federal dollars in the $2.7 million school system’s general fund reserves.

“These dollars will disappear at the end of FY 2011,” Bazzell said. “However, I feel confident going into FY 2011 with the budget that we have presented.”

The Monday budget hearing was the second state-required hearing. The first was held on Sept. 13. Following the Monday hearing, the board of education approved the school budget for FY 2011 at its September regular meeting.

The budget included $13,171,203 in state funding, $5,497,487 in federal funding, $4,817,203 in local funding and $25,000 in funding from other sources.

The budget reflected an increase of 8 percent in federal funding and a reduction in state funding of 6 percent. Local funding dropped 2 percent.

Sixty-six percent of the budget will be directed toward instructional service and support. Ten percent will be dedicated to operations maintenance and 16 percent to auxiliary services.

Although Bazzell said he is “comfortable” with the $2.7 million general fund reserves, he said he does not anticipate growing the reserves in face of possible proration.

Federal dollars have made it possible for the school system “to do a lot” and also to put funds aside for a rainy day.

“And, we have had our share of rainy days over the last three years,” Bazzell said.

In personnel action, the board:

• Approved Monica E. Law as a Rodeo and Equestrian Club volunteer.

• Approved the hiring of Sarah Toney as CNP worker at Goshen Elementary School.

• Approved the hiring of Melissa Davis for Pike County High School registrar position.

• Approved the hiring of Edward Robinson as welding instructor at Troy/Pike Regional Center for Technology.

The board approved the request from Elizabeth Grubbs to attend the Minority Leadership Conference in Orange Beach on Nov. 5. All expenses will be paid by the Alabama Education Association.

The board also approved a request for Mrs. Belcher and Mr. Stinger and six students to attend the Alabama State Department of Education Career Tech Joint Leadership Development Council in Montgomery on Sept. 27 and 28. Expenses will be paid by using the Perkins funds and funds from HOSA.

Approval was given for Brook Terry to attend an equipment workshop in Mississippi Sept. 29 and 30. Expenses will be paid by the Child Nutrition Program.

The board also approved a resolution for the FY 2011 Foundation Program.

and a contract with East Central Mental Health with a proration stipulation.