Linden schools rooting for Trust Fund budget to pass

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, March 1, 2006

Linden School Superintendent Walter Davis had the Education Trust Fund budget on his mind at Monday’s school board meeting.

The education trust fund budget was up in the State Senate for vote Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. the budget passed house by a vote of 99 to 3 and is expected to pass but, Davis said, there is a possibility of a filibuster.

The budget looked good for their purpose, Davis said, but tax cuts could present problems pushing it through.

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“That could come from the Republicans because, as you know, the governor is pushing tax cuts,” Davis said. “As far as the budget is concerned, it is a sound budget and it is a good budget for K-12, but there could be a filibuster.”

In speaking to local representatives, Davis said, he received encouragement about the budget’s chances.

“Our senators, Hank Sanders and Bobby Singleton, say that we are going to get the budget through,” Davis said. “It would be really good if we can get the budget through before next week when the superintendents meet, so we can come back and have our paperwork in order and know what we are going to have to work with.”

Alabama school superintendents have a meeting planned for March 13 in Montgomery. If a budget is in place before the meeting, Davis said, it would give them a tremendous advantage in their planning and discussions.

In other business, the school board:

Approved the transfer of Ann King from accounts payable clerk to interim chief financial officer and secretary at the Marengo County Technology Center.

Approved the transfer of Linda Bedsole from special aide to interim accounts payable clerk.

Approval of Janie Hawk as chief financial officer for Linden City Schools for a period of five years.

Approved the retirement of Augustine Woodyard, a teacher at George P. Austin Jr. High School, effective June 1.

The board’s next meeting is scheduled for Monday, April 3 at 6 p.m.