Monday, June 8, 2009

School System Budget to be Considered

Putnam County's Budget Committee Tuesday night will consider the proposed spending plan for the county school system next year. Schools director Dr. Kathleen Airhart says that Draft 3 of the budget estimates revenues next year to be $67.24 million, while expenditures are expected to be in the range of $68 million. That leaves a shortfall of some $782,000. Airhart says that figure is close to what officials expect the shortfall in sales tax revenue to be this year. It also mirrors what the state says the county is lacking in something called "maintenance of effort." The budget being presented includes more than half a million dollars in salary "step increases" for teachers and other personnel as well as another half million for projected increases in the cost of medical insurance. One new principal at Algood School is included as are 19 teacher's assistants who had been cut out of a previous draft of the budget.