Projected figures show slightly more than $40 million in state funds, more than $20.6 million in local funds and a little less than $10.4 million in federal funds. All are slight increases compared to fiscal year 2013.
Superintendent Suzanne Lacey said the total proposed revenue will be allocated to a number of functions, including instruction, instructional support, instructional initiatives, personnel and capital improvement projects.
One significant note from the state funds indicated that, similar to the 2013 budget, no funds from the state will be eligible for allocation to technology, library enhancement, professional development or common purchases.
“All of the money we utilize for professional development and technology comes from either federal or local sources,” Lacey said. “Most of it comes from local because our federal sources are really tied up with salaries. We don’t have a lot of money here anymore to play with for professional development. Again, think about what is accomplished in our school system and what we’re able to support with our creative and resourceful chief school financial officer (Avery Embry).”
The board also unanimously approved awarding Bid #1583 for purchasing 40 Sony 70-inch flat-screen TVs at the price of $111,999.60 through LeCroy Technology of Toccoa, Ga.
Lacey said the plans to purchase the TVs had been in the works for the bulk of fiscal year 2013 and said she was excited when the school finally received the bids.
Director of Operations Dan Payant explained to Lacey that LeCroy was the lowest responsible bidder even though their bid was higher than the $111,479.50 bid from Best Buy for Business of Loganville, Ga., and the $110,319.60 from TigerDirect Retail Store of Jefferson, Ga.
“The other two vendors did not meet the minimum specifications (that) included installation,” Payant said. “A big part of the expense was actually coming to the schools and installing all of the TVs. The other two bids left that out completely. That’s why we awarded the bid to LeCroy as the lowest responsible bidder because they met our specifications.”
According to Payant, these TVs will be installed in classrooms at B.B. Comer Memorial Elementary School and B.B. Comer Memorial High School to replace the projectors the school previously employed for classroom instruction.
“They’re using them as monitors in the classroom,” Payant said. “When you’ve got a classroom full of 25 to 30 kids, you need a pretty good monitor for everyone to be able to see. There’s not a significant difference between the prices of a 55-inch, 60-inch and 70-inch TV, so we thought we had a pretty good price including the installation.”
In other business, the board:
• Approved the July 30 and Aug. 5 meeting minutes.
• Unanimously approved the financial reports submitted by Embry.
• Approved the resignations of Stemley Road Elementary first grade teacher Kristy Davis effective Aug. 5, Childersburg Middle School bus driver Donna Hurst effective Oct. 1 and Munford Elementary School bus driver Brenda McNeal effective Aug. 5.
• Approved the hiring of Brittany Cisco as a social studies teacher for Lincoln High School effective Aug. 12, Michel Haney as a second grade teacher at Lincoln Elementary School effective Aug. 15, Revy Higgins, Jr. as a science teacher for Fayetteville High School effective Aug. 12 and Jennifer Jackson in a 50/50 split role between Drew Middle School and LHS as a special education licensed practical nurse and instructional assistant effective Aug. 26.
• Approved the transfer of CMS bus driver Franklin Allen, Jr. to Winterboro High School in the same role effective Aug. 15.
• Approved the transfer of Munford Middle School business education teacher Edith Gregory to Munford High School as a cooperative education teacher and coordinator effective Sept. 3.
• Approved the transfer of LES second grade teacher Jodi South to Stemley as a sixth grade teacher effective Aug. 12.
• Approved the transfer of WHS bus driver Cynthia Tuck to A.H. Watwood Elementary as a special education licensed practical nurse and assistant effective Aug. 15.
• Approved leaves-of-absence for MHS bus driver David Dabbs, MES bus driver Judith Eldridge effective May 24-Oct. 11, CMS bus driver Donna Hurst effective July 2-Oct. 1, CHS special education teacher Michael Todd Reaves effective Aug. 12-Dec. 31, Stemley certified pediatric nurse assistant Theresa Roberts effective Aug. 14-Nov. 6 and CMS bus driver Billy Threatt effective Aug. 15-Oct. 7.
• Voted 4-0 to approve the 2013-2014 Capital Plan.
• Unanimously approved renewing Alabama Risk Management for Schools liability coverage.
ª Voted 4-0 to approve three out-of-state field trips for countywide fifth grade gifted students to Stone Mountain, Ga., Oct. 11; countywide third grade gifted students to the World of Coke and Atlanta Aquarium in Atlanta Nov. 14; and countywide sixth grade gifted students to Ripley’s Believe It or Not and Indoor Water Park in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., April 9-11.
• Unanimously approved selecting board chairman Kathy Landers as an All-State Board Member Recognition Program Nominee.
• Announced the next board meeting is scheduled for Sept. 17 at 5:30 p.m. in the central office.
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