The Board of Education Budget and Finance Committee has voted to recommend an $839,000 increase to last yearâ€™s $12,496,011 expense budget.
â€œThis is a pretty bare bones budget,â€ said Superintendent Jim Watson.
It will cost $354,000 just to keep the school system at its current level.
â€œThis is pretty much the price of doing business,â€ said Rusty Beam, chairman of the budget and finance committee.
Another high priority item, teacher supplements, will cost $130,000. The board believes this will encourage quality teachers to work in Lincoln County.
Rather than spend $420,000 for full time second grade teacher assistants, the budget and finance committee has decided to recommend hiring part time reading tutors for second grade students.
â€œThis is an attempt to give every classroom tutorial help,â€ said Superintendent Jim Watson. â€œI think thatâ€™s a step in the right direction.â€
Hiring part time reading tutors would cost $9,000 for each elementary school. The total cost would be $99,000 for the district.
Of the $99,000, $40,000 would be a local budget request, and Average Daily Membership money would pay for the additional $59,000.
â€œCost wise this is best for the schools,â€ said Steve Zickefoose, assistant superintendent for business affairs.
Due to state budget cuts, second grade assistants only worked part time this year.
Joan Avery, a board member, hoped to reinstate the teacher assistants full time. She believes it would help improve studentâ€™s reading ability.
â€œFull time second grade assistants are the backbone of the primary reading program,â€ said Avery.
â€œWe canâ€™t compromise our high standards and accomplishments by putting a price tag on the future of our children.â€
The reading tutors would work 20 hours per week. Hiring them full time would greatly increase the cost.
â€œWhen you put it full time, you immediately jump your budget up 20 to 30 percent,â€ said Watson.
â€œThere are individuals who want part time employment. It depends on what their circumstances are.â€
The budget and finance committee has recommended spending $114,000 on an additional Academically and Intellectually Gifted teacher, music teacher and art teacher.
The budget also includes $84,000 for a middle school career technician and $63,000 for a local technology budget.
Athletic directors and Student Information Management System Operators will receive additional funding from the school system.
SIMS operators will receive a total of $21,000 from the budget for an additional two weeks employment in the summer.
The budget also includes a total of $18,000 to go towards athletic directorsâ€™ summer employment.
The final additional current expense budget request is $15,000 to go towards Pre-K programs.
The budget and finance committee is also requesting an increase of $126,000 on their $1,074,000 capital outlay budget. by Sarah Grano