Demopolis Board of Education approves 2014 budget

Published 6:59 pm Monday, September 16, 2013

The Demopolis City Schools Board of Education approved the 2014 fiscal year budget during Monday’s meeting.

The system will begin the year with $6.2 million in reserves and they anticipate $18.7 million in revenue. The projected expenses total $20.3 million, leaving $4.5 million in reserves at the end of the 2014 fiscal year.

Revenues for the system break down into four categories: state sources, federal sources, local sources and other sources.

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The system anticipates $12.57 million from state sources, $1.78 million from federal sources, $4.27 million from local sources and $873,429 from other sources.

Most of the expected expenditures are for instructional purposes, which directly affect the classrooms. Fifty-five percent of the expenditures are for this purpose. Another 14 percent for instructional support makes up the two largest expenditures for the year.

During the meeting, the board also approved an addendum to the letter of agreement between SDE/A+ College Ready and Demopolis High School. This agreement will allow the school to grow the enrollment for AP courses over the next three years.

“These classes give the students the best opportunity to boost their ACT scores,” said Leslie Gibbs, AP language and composition teacher at Demopolis High School.

An out-of-state field trip was approved for U.S. Jones students to go see a play in Meridian on Oct. 11.

The board also approved the following personnel recommendations from Superintendent Dr. Al Griffin:

•Employ Patricia Harris as Westside Elementary special education aide

•Employ Victoria Sharpe as DHS lunchroom worker

•Approve Gabrielle Essex as a girl’s basketball volunteer pending AHSAA requirements

•Approve Blythe Smith for FMLA maternity leave

In other business, the board took the following action:

•Approve a technology bid for Jennings Service Company for generator and air conditioning plus installation

•Approve, pending funding, out-of-state travel to New Orleans, La., for councilors Traci Pearson and Laura Holly for the “Why Try” workshop

The next regular board meeting will be held Monday, Oct. 21 at 5 15 p.m.