The Metro Moore County School Board finalized its 2013-14 budget during a meeting Monday night. In light of the $.10 property tax increase on the Metro Moore County budget — which is scheduled for its third reading Thursday night — Director of Schools Chad Moorehead informed the school board that he had to slash his initial budget.
The school board had asked for a $.20 property tax increase, but when the county’s budget committee returned with only half of that, Moorehead had to make adjustments to the school system budget.
“Items we have removed include pay raises and we will not replace the position vacated at Lynchburg Elementary School by the retirement of Mrs. Linda Bryant,” Moorehead told the board. “We’ve also removed the (School Resource Officer) from LES.”
To help with the cuts, Moorehead said that one of the maintenance positions would be decreased by 50 percent, but it should not effect any current employees.
With the budget complete, he said the school system would only have about $630 left in its coffers.
“There has to be belt tightening in every department, and we will try to make a go of this,” he added.
Still in place will be the 1.5 percent pay step raises from the state for current teachers.
If there was any good news, Moorehead said that the increase in medical insurance that was expected to be 8.8 percent was only 5.5 percent, which helped.
While the school system will not replace Bryant’s position at LES — which was not a grade level classroom position — there are no planned teacher cuts.
Moorehead also announced Monday night that the school system is now searching for a principal for LES to fill the position recently vacated by Thomas Fuhrman. Fuhrman resigned to take a similar position within the Manchester school system.
“I was informed (Monday) that we need to start a search for an elementary school teacher and that search will start tomorrow,” Moorehead said.
In other business, the school board made surplus two school buses, which by state law can no longer be used. The board will begin accepting sealed bids for the sale of each bus.
—By ROBERT HOLMAN, MCN Editor