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School Board members hear budget analysis

Budget analysis for the county school system, through the end of October this year, was one of the highlights of the Pulaski County School Board Monday night’s meeting.
Chris Stafford, director of finance, presented several financial reports to the School Board including a budget analysis through October 31, 2009. Stafford reported that he would be making a request to the County for the $379,144 which is the schools’ carryover amount from the previous fiscal year. Due to a reduced sales tax estimate and lower student enrollment than budgeted, he recommended that the additional county appropriation be offset by reducing the budgeted state revenues by this amount. He stated that this action would not add any additional monies to the expenditure budget for spending, and would assist the school division in managing this year’s state budget reductions.
Stafford also reported that as of the end of October, almost 67 percent of the budget year still remains and gave detailed analysis of personnel and non-personnel expenditures. He said that the instruction, transportation, and technology areas are under budget at this point, while administration/health and operations are slightly over projected expenditures.
The meeting started with a presentation of an appreciation plaque to Belinda Worrell, custodian at the Fairlawn Cooperative Transition School, who was named Employee of the Month. As Chairman Paul Phillips presented the plaque to Worrell, School Superintendent Don Stowers said that “Belinda was instrumental in ensuring that the Fairlawn program was ready for its opening in the fall of this year.” He added that “Belinda worked diligently… became a friend to the students, the teachers and the administration and was considered part of the family.”
He was accompanied by her two daughters, Amanda and Samantha.
In another matter, Don Stowers recounted important issues discussed at the last SWVGS Governing Board meeting; specifically, the problem of students wanting to drop out of the program, and the issue of students who wish to attend the Southwest Virginia Governor’s School when they are home-schooled or attending private schools.
The minutes of Oct. 19 meeting was read and approved. Upcoming schedules include the school board visit to Dublin Elementary School on Tuesday, Nov. 11, parent/teacher conferences on Nov. 13, and attendance of Virginia School Board Association (VSBA) convention in Williamsburg on Nov. 18-20. Thanksgiving break will be on Nov. 25-27.

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School Board members hear budget analysis

Budget analysis for the county school system, through the end of October this year, was one of the highlights of the Pulaski County School Board Monday night’s meeting.
Chris Stafford, director of finance, presented several financial reports to the School Board including a budget analysis through October 31, 2009. Stafford reported that he would be making a request to the County for the $379,144 which is the schools’ carryover amount from the previous fiscal year. Due to a reduced sales tax estimate and lower student enrollment than budgeted, he recommended that the additional county appropriation be offset by reducing the budgeted state revenues by this amount. He stated that this action would not add any additional monies to the expenditure budget for spending, and would assist the school division in managing this year’s state budget reductions.
Stafford also reported that as of the end of October, almost 67 percent of the budget year still remains and gave detailed analysis of personnel and non-personnel expenditures. He said that the instruction, transportation, and technology areas are under budget at this point, while administration/health and operations are slightly over projected expenditures.
The meeting started with a presentation of an appreciation plaque to Belinda Worrell, custodian at the Fairlawn Cooperative Transition School, who was named Employee of the Month. As Chairman Paul Phillips presented the plaque to Worrell, School Superintendent Don Stowers said that “Belinda was instrumental in ensuring that the Fairlawn program was ready for its opening in the fall of this year.” He added that “Belinda worked diligently… became a friend to the students, the teachers and the administration and was considered part of the family.”
He was accompanied by her two daughters, Amanda and Samantha.
In another matter, Don Stowers recounted important issues discussed at the last SWVGS Governing Board meeting; specifically, the problem of students wanting to drop out of the program, and the issue of students who wish to attend the Southwest Virginia Governor’s School when they are home-schooled or attending private schools.
The minutes of Oct. 19 meeting was read and approved. Upcoming schedules include the school board visit to Dublin Elementary School on Tuesday, Nov. 11, parent/teacher conferences on Nov. 13, and attendance of Virginia School Board Association (VSBA) convention in Williamsburg on Nov. 18-20. Thanksgiving break will be on Nov. 25-27.

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