BOE approves FY2013 budget
by Daniel Gaddy
Sep 14, 2012 | 2102 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Walker County Board of Education on Thursday approved the district’s budget for the 2013 fiscal year, which will give the school system its state-mandated one-month operating reserve fund.

According to the budget presentation during Thursday’s board meeting, the general fund balance for the end of the 2013 fiscal year is projected to be $6.37 million. That figure will be $1.25 million more than the $5.12 million required for the one-month operating fund.

Margaret Scurlock, custodian of funds for the Walker County Schools, provided a handout listing the number of school systems in Alabama that have met their state-mandated, one-month operating fund.

Out of 205 school systems, Walker County and 30 other districts did not have the reserve fund during the 2011 fiscal year. That year, Walker County fell $4.5 million short of the figure required.

Walker County School Superintendent Jason Adkins said the district made those gains because of the sacrifices of all the employees of the school system.

“I want to tell you how much I appreciate that,” Adkins told those attending the meeting.

In other business, the board:

•Recognized Adkins for being named the Alabama Department of Education’s Superintendent of the Year for District 7, which includes nine counties in northwest Alabama and parts of Jefferson and Tuscaloosa counties.

“I think it’s a great achievement and a great honor,” board chairman Brad Ingle said.

•Recognized Carbon Hill High School and Elementary School, Cordova High School and Curry High School for meeting the Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star Award, which is given to organizations that make significant gains in energy efficiency.

The board’s next regular meeting will be held at 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 11 in the Carl Elliott Building in Jasper.