Trigg County School Superintendent Tim McGinnis outlined the basics of the working budget to board members at the meeting.
The budget includes a 1 percent salary increase, adjustments for insurance and recurring expenses such as fuel, utilities and maintenance and $30,000 for furniture, among other expenses.
Thanks to federal impact revenue, $250,000 will be allocated for technology, $400,000 will be allocated for a replacement for the fuel tank and $100,000 will be allocated for completion of the bleachers and turf, while $800,000 of the impact revenue will be put aside for site acquisition and almost $1.3 million will be allocated to total site improvement.
Board members also heard more about the school district’s Kentucky Core Content Test district ranking, as Trigg County Assistant School Superintendent Beth Sumner said the district moved up from last year’s interim transition index regional ranking of fourth to second out of 24 school districts, and also said the district is now ranked 20th out of 174 school districts.
“We have a lot to be proud of … but we still have work to do,” said McGinnis.
Sumner noted that Trigg County High School is now fifth in the region based on the transition index, Trigg County Middle School is sixth and Trigg County Intermediate School is fifth.
Board members also unanimously approved the purchase of three school buses, two Maxforce DT International buses that seat 66 passengers, and a modified 52-passenger Maxforce DT International handicapped accessible bus, for a total cost of more than $231,000.
McGinnis said he didn’t know if they could get the Kentucky Department of Education to approve federal stimulus funding for the handicapped accessible bus, and that if they couldn’t, they would “go back to the drawing board.”
McGinnis said that while there have been some cases of the seasonal flu in students, teachers and other school staff, no cases of H1N1, or swine flu, had been found as of yet, although he urged everyone to take all of the necessary precautions, such as the washing of hands.
McGinnis, Sumner and the school board members present also all expressed pride at the district and the individual schools meeting all of their No Child Left Behind goals for the third year in a row.
The next school board meeting will be a special called working session to be held with the site-based councils in the Trigg County Schools cafeteria on Tuesday, Oct. 20. A regular meeting will be on Thursday, Oct. 22, at the school central office.