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Manila School Board approves budget

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

The Manila School Board met in special session Thursday, Sept. 29, to review and approve the 2011-2012 budget. All board members were present.

Superintendent Pam Castor and board members welcomed new board member, Dr. Tommy Wagner. It was the first meeting after the Sept. 20 election. Other board members include President Tracey Reinhart, Vice President Danny Robbins, Secretary Brandon Veach, Johnny McCain, Tony Crowell and Jeremy Jackson.

Castor distributed information on the legislative adequacy in determining what is adequate funding.

The board discussed enrollment which was down slightly last year at 984. Funds for this year are based on the third quarter enrollment of last year. This year's enrollment is up and to date is 997.

Board member McCain said the school graduated two large back-to-back senior classes.

Wagner asked about the possibility of expanding pre-kindergarten. He said he heard people talk about taking their children to other schools for pre-k.

Castor pointed out she had presented a conservative budget. She said they would be working on a master plan between now and February to submit to the state.

Castor said salaries and benefits are 80 percent of the budget. She said there was extra state money available last year and a lot of it was used for technology. She also talked about the new literacy coach added in the elementary school and lowering the size of classes.

Board member Wagner asked Castor how confident she is in the proposed budget.

"If we were off by just one percent either way it would make a large difference," he said.

"I am confident, but I can't read minds," Castor said. "Things can happen."

He also pointed out there is no money budgeted in the building fund.

She said if a project is approved, funds can be transferred by board action.

Board members voted unanimously to approve the 2011-2012 budget as presented by Castor.



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