County Schools Financial Custodian Margaret Scurlock said there were no requests for comments from the board’s first public budget hearing held on Tuesday.
During Thursday’s meeting, however, Alabama Education Association Uniserv Director Butch Sargent asked if taxpayer money was used to pay for membership dues for organizations like the Alabama Association of School Boards.
Scurlock said the money for such professional development programs comes from the local school system’s general funds, and revenue from sources like property taxes support the general fund.
Sargent said he realized she did not have the exact number, but he requested Scurlock find the dollar amount spent on membership to professional associations.
Sargent also praised Scurlock for her presentation of the budget, which he said made the school district’s complex financial documents accessible to the general public.
Superintendent Jason Adkins pointed out that some projections had the board’s general fund balance ending with a deficit of $4.7 million in September of 2012. He said the new estimate of a $1.5 million ending balance is possible because of tough decisions made by the board and the hard work of the district’s financial officers.
The projected fund balance of $1.5 million, however, will be $3.5 million short of a one-month operating surplus required by the state.
In other business:
•The board recognized Parrish Elementary School staff member Jeff Harris with a certificate of appreciation for his hard work.
Adkins said Harris does everything from mowing lawns to setting up computers at Parrish Elementary.
“Jeff has been there and stuck with that school for a long time,” Adkins said.
•The board heard a public comment from DeWayne McGinnis about Curry High School’s ballfields. He said an article in the Daily Mountain Eagle said a local contractor built the school’s baseball fields. Though David Reed built holding tanks for Curry High’s softball field, the vast majority of work to the fields have been performed by the members of the community, McGinnis said.