The budget totals more than $19 million, with the general fund at $16.8 million. Aside from $2.9 million in federal impact aid and a state mandated 1 percent raise for school employees, the budget is basically what Trigg County School Assistant Superintendent of Operations Travis Hamby called a continuation budget.
The budget also includes $727,498 as a budgeted contingency, a reduction of 2.5 certified positions due to the staffing formula, although it sustains the current number of classified employees, two new school buses, $400,000 for a new diesel tank and pumps and $1.2 million in special project code for construction and renovation.
Also included in the budget are $250,000 for technology, $100,000 for bleachers and turf and $87,000 of additional funding for energy savings and lighting. The technology funding, bleachers and turf, diesel tank and pumps and energy saving are funded by the FY 06 impact aid, Hamby said.
The special project code for construction, as well as $800,000 for future land acquisition are also funded by federal impact aid, Hamby said.
“We are fortunate to be in the position we are in financially,” said Trigg County School Superintendent Tim McGinnis.
The working budget has to be submitted to the Kentucky Department of Education by Sept. 30. From July 1 to when the working budget is submitted, the school system will be working off of the tentative budget, Hamby said.
The board also unanimously decided to declare the old visitors bleachers at Perdue Field as surplus, although they decided not to transfer them to the Trigg County Fiscal Court as had been recommended in the agenda. Hamby said that action will be postponed until a later meeting.
Also approved by the school board was an Advance-Kentucky grant application with matching funds of up to $15,000. Faye Stevens, secondary instructional supervisor for Trigg County Schools, said the grant will be used to improve and expand the school’s Advanced Placement classes, including more training for teachers and more AP classes.
“In a nutshell, the grant will allow us to expand our offerings of AP classes along with pre-AP courses,” Stevens said.
The board also approved activity budgets for the middle school and the high school. The activity budget for the middle school is around $90,000 and includes field trips, arts, band activities, athletics and other activities. The activities budget for high school hovers at about $240,000, and includes many of the same types of item as the middle school as well as funding for various clubs.
In other business, the school board unanimously approved a three-year bond with Western Surety for $350,000, the revised certified evaluation plan was approved, LifeTouch was awarded the bid for bid for pictures of Trigg students and bids for the Memory Book and Yearbook were not awarded.