Central School Board Evaluates Finances School Year Startup

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The CCSS School Board meeting Monday night began with a discussion about the proposed budget and the current $166,000 in reserve funds. This amount is less than 1% of the overall $28 million budget, and all seem to agree that a larger reserve is needed so that the school system is prepared to fund emergencies should they arise.  Mr. Faulk stated that he had already considered a freeze on hiring, and at the September 2nd Finance Committee meeting consideration will be given as to what areas, if any, could be cut in order to increase the reserve.  The budget will be discussed at the next school board meeting on Sept. 8th.  Copies of the budget are available at the CCSS office located at 13421 Hooper Rd., Suite 6. 

Mr. Faulk informed the board that 3,661 students are currently enrolled in the Central Community School System in grades Pre-K thru 12. He also shared that there were, of course, issues that would be addressed, but that overall the start up of school went very smoothly.  Work continues to be done to complete the walkways to the temporary buildings at several schools and additional lunch lines are being added.  There are also several bus routes that will be re-evaluated and possibly consolidated so the ride times are shorter for the children.