The economy has forced school systems across the country to tighten their budgets and Floyd County is no different. The school system’s tax digest decreased by 2.25 percent, costing the county $650,000. The school system’s tax rate is expected to remain unchanged next year.
Finance Director Chris Toles expects next year’s collection rate to be 98-percent collection rate, up from a 97-percent collection rate this year.
Superintendent Lynn Plunkett expressed concern that reduced tax revenue could have a negative impact on classroom instruction.
“We’re looking not just at that local tax, but tax at the state level as well,” said Plunkett.
The school system had 940 certified positions during the 2011-2012 school year, but cut 35 by the end of May.
The proposed 2013 budget calls for 905 certified positions with 883 staff contracts renewed and 22 positions unfilled.
With Plunkett set for retirement in December, the board is continuing to develop the selection process for a new superintendent. The board is working on a job description and considering forming surveys for the community for their input on qualifications.
“Being a superintendent nowadays is just not fun anymore,” said Plunkett. “It is not fun.”