Erin Zureick

Education, politics and observations from Sanford

Making a budget

The Lee County Board of Education had its first budget work session Tuesday, when Superintendent Jeff Moss unveiled his proposed local budget for 2009-10.

That budget calls for no increase in funding from the Lee County Board of Commissioners. Gov. Bev Perdue announced her budget priorities Tuesday. The district expects to have to cut about $1.6 million from its statewide budget. The school board has discretion of where to cut more than half of that money. And of course the state budget won’t be set until this summer by the N.C. General Assembly.

Locally, the district will save about $90,000 that it no longer has to pay for Lee County students who attend charter school Provisions Academy (which will close in June). However, that money will be offset by a legislated retirement rate and hospitalization increase.

Here is the timeline for the school district’s budget process, and see below for a breakdown of budget requests for expenditures (stay tuned for another post later about capital requests).

  • March 24: Budget work session school board (5 p.m. Heins Education Building)
  • April 22: Local budget requests due to county
  • July 1: County must act on school budget
  • Oct. 15: Board of Education must approve final budget resolution
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