Board sets date for budget hearing
by Daniel Gaddy
Jul 13, 2012 | 2383 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Walker County Board of Education held a short meeting Thursday to set a date for the district’s first public budget hearing.

The board agreed to 8 a.m. on Sept. 11 for the date. The meeting will be held at the Carl Elliott Building in Jasper.

The hearing will give members of the public a chance to learn about the district’s financial standing, as well as offer comments. The board will then schedule a second hearing to approve the budget.

During last year’s budget hearing, Chief Financial Custodian Margaret Scurlock said the school district made significant progress toward financial stability. Though accountants had originally expected a general fund shortfall of $240,000, they plan to end the 2012 fiscal year with a $1.5 million surplus.

Much of those financial gains, came from a reduction of 50 percent of the central office staff, according to Superintendent Jason Adkins.

The $1.5 million surplus will still be $3.5 million short of its one-month operating reserve mandated by the state.

In other business, the board:

•Recognized Curry Elementary School for earning the Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star Award.

•Approved a renewal of the board’s membership to the Alabama Association of School Boards and the AASB’s Legal Assistance Fund.