District Two Board Approves Budget

By Betsy Finklea
The Dillon District Two School 2010-2011 budget was presented at the June 21st meeting of the Dillon District Two School Board.
The highlights of the budget included:
* “An overall budget decrease of 11.09% ($1,992,236) from $17,956,868 in fiscal year 2009-2010 to $15,964.542 for fiscal year 2010-2011.”
* “A 10.3% increase in the employer share of health insurance.”
* “There was no change in the classified employee salary schedules.  Employees with less than twenty-two years experience will receive a step increase.”
* “There was no change in the Teacher Salary Schedule.  Teachers with less than twenty-two years experience will receive a step increase ranging from 1.04 to 2.29 percent.”
* “A ten day furlough for twelve month employees.  All other employees will be furloughed for five days.”
* “A projected Education Finance Act Base Student Cost of $1,630.  The original Base Student Cost for 2009-2010 was $2,034”  This is a huge decrease in funding back to the 1995 funding levels.
Reductions in the budget were made through attrition, furloughs and resignations. Superintendent Ray Rogers said they have been working since last year to plan for what’s been coming.  He said with the money situation like it is they were doing the best that they can.  He said this was all subject to change because they don’t know what cuts are coming.
The proposed budget includes:
* Proposed Revenue Budget
Revenue from Local Sources: $4,609,925
Revenue from State Sources: $11,669,563
Total Revenue All Sources: $16,279,488

* Proposed Expenditure Budget
Total Instruction: $8,409,423
Total Supporting Services: $7,555,119
Total Expenditures: $15,964,542

* Total Other Financing Sources (uses): ($314,946)
* Ending Balance:–
Motion was made to accept the budget by Trustee Joe Rogers, seconded by Trustee Ethel Taylor.  The budget was approved.
In other action, Dr. Polly Elkins gave the personnel update.  She reported to the board that there will be a nurse at every school next year.