School board to discuss budget at meeting March 24

The Patrick County School Board will meet at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 24, to revise and approve the 2016-2017 school budget.
The meeting will be held in the downstairs conference room of the school board office at 104 Rucker Street, Stuart.
According to Dr. William Sroufe, division superintendent, the budget totals $30,338,788 and includes a 2% salary increase, plus experience step, for all school employees.
The school board is requesting $7,116,967 in local funds, which includes $190,000 for leasing buses and $275,000 in debt service increase, Sroufe said.
He noted that the amount is $24,000 above the amount of local funding required by state law.
“I think it’s a really good budget,” Sroufe said, helped by the fact that the state lowered the composite index, which increases state funding.
“And we’ve had good communication with the board of supervisors this year,” Sroufe said, referring to the liaison committee meetings.
Sroufe told the school board at the March 10 meeting that several items got additional funding, but “not what we fully anticipated.”
Items with increased funding included electrical work, athletics, maintenance, transportation, library programs, technology, paving, tools, locker repair, allocations for schools on a per pupil basis, and HVAC replacement.
An English teaching position was added at Patrick County High School, along with a career and technical education (CTE) teaching position and a CTE clerical position, Sroufe said.

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