Friday, May 22, 2009

Funding QuickNotes

Kentucky schools continue to work through the implications of shrinking local and state revenue.

Bardstown Independent expects to avoid job cuts by funding some positions through stimulus funding, but notes those dollars will only be available for two years.

Barren County is budgeting $210 thousand less next year. In addition to preparing for possible state revenue losses, the district is affected by changes in how average daily attendance is calculated. The new student data system (Infinite Campus) tracks students who arrive late or leave early by the minute, lowering the district's ADA by 48 students even though enrollment is up.

Bell County has made operational cuts and protected personnel thus far, but any cut in state funding will make staff losses inescapable, according to superintendent George Thompson.

Boone County will leave vacant positions unfilled as part of preparations for potential state reductions.

Danville Independent now anticipates cutting eight staff positions, only half the number discussed at an earlier board meeting. The district's budget assumes a $667 thousand reduction in revenue, and reflects only 95% of the state SEEK funding shown in the most recent state estimates. Finance director Patsy Clevenger explained that "I think it would be foolhardy to assume that the state is going to be in a strong position next year."

Henderson County will eliminate one or two teaching positions but preserve all-day kindergarten, maintain the district's alternative program, and cover required raises and a $150 thousand dollar increase in required classified staff retirement contributions.

Hopkins County's general fund budget includes $47.8 million in revenue, down 3% from the current $49.4 million. Approved staffing has been reduced by five certified and fifteen classified positions.

Jessamine County is cutting 44 jobs, including 16 teaching positions, saving $700 thousand in school-level costs and $300 thousand in central office expenses in order to be ready for possible state reductions.

Lincoln County will cut $900 thousand and 17 teaching positions for next year.

Mason County expects $1.5 million less in state funding. Cuts have already been made to plans for technology and athletics, and further reductions may be needed.

Murray Independent will avoid staff layoffs and start out with a 9% contingency reserve.

Spencer County has laid off eight or nine employees, but no classroom teachers. Bracing for further reductions, the district has increased its contingency reserve from $700 thousand to $1.4 million.

Webster County expects to be able to find cost reductions to cover an $84,000 shortfall remaining after federal stimulus funds for Title I and special education.

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