School budget could see adjustments, depending on State funding

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During their regular monthly meeting Tuesday, the Anderson School District One Board of Trustees heard an update on the budget which according to Superintendent Dr. Wayne Fowler, could still need adjustments depending on the financing of the state budget.

Dr. Fowler said that the tax break for small businesses appears to be a sticking point for legislators in deciding on final funding in the state budget. The delay is causing school districts, counties and municipalities problems in finishing their budgets, many of which are required to be approved by the start of the fiscal year in July.

District One is depending on the state funding of approximately $700,000 to keep the incremental raise for teachers which Dr. Fowler said could be in jeopardy. Also the Hold Harmless funding for Education Foundation could result in an additional $700,000 being cut from the local school budget. The two adjustments could amount to as much as $1.2 million for the district according to Dr. Fowler.

Board Member Tom Merritt commented on the budget situation saying “There could be a diminishing return if we keep going one step forward and two back.”

Dr. Fowler said that District One also relies on grants which he said are drying up and “It has become more difficult.”

At the beginning of the meeting, Dr. John Pruitt was recognized by the Board for being named the Education Champion of the Year. Wren Principal Robbie Binnicker was recognized for recently being named the SC High Principal of the Year.

Associate Superintendent David Havird reported that the nutritional program had May revenues of $403,689 and expenses of $307,613 for a $96,075 profit. Year to date profit amounts to $220,262. Havird said depreciation of $186,000 and indirect costs of approximately $140,000 along with an expected loss for June will result in a loss on paper of approximately $155,000. He said the staff at all 14 schools have done a very good job. He also said that the start up at Powdersville High with 275 students has gone very well.

The board also approved a number of personnel recommendations.