Shelby County school budget gets next review

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Head count, taxes now in place, so further evaluation can be done.

By Todd Martin

The Shelby County Board of Education will have a special called meeting Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Central Office, 1155 Main Street in Shelbyville.
The meeting was moved from its regular time last Thursday because several board members were forced to miss the meeting due to other conflicts.
The schedule for the meeting cannot be amended and will include a staff report on the first month’s attendance, votes on the 2011-12 working budget and the schematic design for the new Southside Elementary School.
The district set its annual tax rate, a 2.5 percent increase with a .2-cent exoneration allowance, last month, and with the official student count a more definitive budget will be brought to the board.
The district’s tentative budget, released at the end of May, projected the district’s General Fund revenue at a little more than $42.75 million, up about 5.1 percent from last year. However, General Fund expenses are up 7.7 percent, to an estimated $42.71 million, which doesn’t include a 3.4 percent contingency fund of roughly $3.8 million.
The overall tentative budget was down about 2.3 percent, to $58.2 million, from the 2010-11 working budget and up about 1.5 percent from the 2009-10 actual budget.
One big change the district had to face this year was a 1 percent raise the board voted in favor of for teachers, which went into effect this year, and the loss of about $2.8 million in federal grants that paid for a large part of salaries over the last two years.
That money now had to be moved from the Special Revenue Fund back into the General Fund.
The district still has to be careful to prepare for a shortfall in Support Education Excellence in Kentucky (SEEK) funding from the state. That state fund is already projected to be under funded by $28.7 million, leaving Shelby County’s projected SEEK shortfall at $329,000.
More Southside plans
The board and the public will take another step toward seeing what the new Southside Elementary School will look like.
Architects from K. Norman Berry already have presented the board and the public with a look at the proposed floor plan for the 2-story, walk-out-style school with a glass-walled media center overlooking the farmland in the back.
Now the architects will bring in the first schematic drawings of the school, giving a more in-depth look at what the district’s latest project will look like.
Also at the meeting, the board will:
Consider approval of awarding a bid for the in-ground lift for the bus garage.
Consider approval of portion of the SCHS 2011 Roof Project.
Consider approval of an admissions and release committee chairperson for the 2011-12 school year.
Have a closed session for the purpose of discussing future acquisition or sale of real property and to discuss proposed or pending litigation.