McGinnis: Lack of direction from state provides budget challenge
by Franklin Clark, Reporter -- fclark@cadizrecord.com
Feb 03, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Trigg County Board of Education reviewed a draft version of the school district’s $16,772,000 draft budget for the 2010/2011 fiscal year, which Trigg County School Superintendent Tim McGinnis said is just a copy of the current fiscal year’s working budget, when it met Thursday night at the school central office.

“This year, it’s tremendously challenging,” McGinnis said. “We have no direction from the state Department of Education, and little information out of the General Assembly.”

McGinnis and Matt Ladd, director of operations for Trigg County Schools, said the board should look at using $1.2 million worth of federal impact aid to pay for a roof for the school’s vocational building as well as a boiler or similar system for the Trigg County High School Gymnasium.

Those two projects are estimated to cost a total of $1.2 million, however Ladd said it might be possible for the projects to ultimately cost less than that, since the estimates are from 2007 and the economy is not like it was at that time.

McGinnis said that the board should expect an action for the vocational school roof, which is currently estimated to cost $726,000, when they meet at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 11 at the school central office.

During discussion of the budget, McGinnis again talked about a idea floated by Speaker of the Kentucky House of Representatives Greg Stumbo, an idea that would entail what the superintendent called “raping, raiding, local districts’ contingencies … I assume to provide funding for school districts that are less fortunate.”

McGinnis said that although the idea seems unpopular and probably won’t go anywhere, the idea concerns him.

The school district is required by state media law to publicly review the budget in January, though it doesn’t approve the it in January, but that is difficult since the district won’t know what its revenues will be like, said McGinnis.

Additionally, playgrounds at the various Trigg County schools could get crumb rubber, a new fill material, as the board unanimously agree to try to get a $40,000 grant from the state.

McGinnis and Ladd said the grant will allow for 47 tons of recycled tire rubber to replace the current mulch under the playground equipment at the three playgrounds, and if the district gets the grants, they will have to match the state’s $30,000 with $10,000.

Ladd said they hope to have mulch removed and the crumb rubber in all of the playgrounds by June 30.

The school board also approved a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Hopkinsville Community College for the second year of the Math and Science Partnership Grant.

As part of the MOA, HCC acts as the fiscal agent for the Math and Science Partnership (MSP) grant and reimburses the Trigg County School District for expenses sustained in the provision of the grant services.
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