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UC schools’ new $14.5M budget OK’d

UC schools’ new $14.5M budget OK’d
By KEVIN BOWDEN
Staff Reporter
A new $14.5 million budget for the 2012-13 school year has been approved by the Union City Board of Education, and now the spending plan will be presented to the Union City city council for final approval.
Union City Director of Schools Gary Houston will present the 35-page budget to the council when it meets June 19.
The proposed new budget includes a 2.5 percent pay raise and funding for the purchase of two new school buses.
The school board met at 5 p.m. Monday in Municipal Building’s conference room to go over the budget with Houston and finance director Carol Flood. That 45-minute work session focused primarily on the proposed budget for the 2012-13 fiscal year and how it compares to the school system’s 2011-12 budget.
Houston informed board members the city school system has benefited from growth in the student population and local economic growth.
“I think we’ve been good stewards of our money,” Houston added.
The proposed spending plan estimates $14,565,297 in expenditures and $13,620,297 total revenue, which includes an anticipated $1,212,500 allocation from the city. The $945,000 difference will be made up by the school system using a total of $945,000 in fund reserves.
The city’s annual appropriation to the school system has not changed in 14 years, according to Houston.
Immediately following the work session, the school board met in regular session and formally approved Houston’s proposed budget.  Also approved was a routine continuation budget, which allows the board to extend its 2011-12 budget until the new budget is approved.
The board’s 15-minute regular session included a lengthy consent agenda and a brief report by Houston on personnel matters. Under the consent agenda, the board approved new lunch prices for the upcoming school year.
The new lunch price schedule will be $2.10 for students in pre-kindergarten through the fifth grade, $2.35 for students in grades six through 12, $3 for staff members and $3.60 for guests.
The consent agenda included approval of a $16,803.72 bid from Union City Ford for a 2012 Ford F-150 truck and a $30,000 bid from Stambaugh Roofing to install a new roof on the War Memorial Stadium fieldhouse. The board also approved a series of recommendations in the consent agenda for food supplies for the upcoming school year, a series of budget amendments and revisions to the board’s policies dealing with food service management, Internet use, evaluations and procedures for granting tenure.
In other action, the board:
• Approved an application for federal education funding, as recommended by federal projects coordinator Brittany Kendall.
• Was informed by Houston, “This has been another successful school year. With the new evaluation document, additional emphasis on test results and numerous other changes, our staff has risen to the challenges.”
Monday night’s meeting was presided over by Cathy Waggoner. She led the Pledge of Allegiance and board member Curtis McLendon led a prayer prior to the start of the meeting. Absent from Monday’s session was board chairman Glenda Caudle. Monday night’s work session and board meeting was new board member Wesley Conley’s first official meeting since replacing Campbell Rice on the board.
Staff Reporter Kevin Bowden may be contacted by email at kmbowden@ucmessenger.com.
Published in The Messenger 6.12.12

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