Director of Financial Services Alan Melson said the board needed between $3 and $4.5 million balance in order to pay expenses for the upcoming year. He stated the current projected balance without a millage rate increase is $1.2 million
The largest cut made during the meeting was the approval of eight reduction days proposed by Superintendent Marvin Williams. The proposal was based on the current 170-day calendar and includes six days that were already built into the budget, Williams said.
According to Melson, the proposal will save the board approximately $1.6 million.
"These days won't get us out of the woods, but it is a step in the right direction," Williams said.
Board member Grady McCrickard made the motion to adopt the proposal with a second coming from Susan Berry. The plan was accepted in a 4-2 vote with McCrickard, Berry, Tim Turner and Chuck Thaxton voting for. Jane Holbrooks and Tommy Sanders voted against.
The days affected under the reduction plan include:
Aug. 20 and 21 will be switched from teacher workdays to reduction days.
Jan. 7 will be switched from a teacher work day to a reduction day
May 30 will be the new last day of school
May 31 will be switched to an in-session day
June 3-6 will be reduction days
Williams stated in a followup interview that most school districts across the state had some sort of reduction day plans.
"The changes probably will affect seat time, but we'll make any adjustments we have to to fit rules and regulations," Williams said.
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