The Liberty County Board of Education approved the school system’s general-fund and capital-fund budgets Tuesday for fiscal year 2011-12. The system’s fiscal year begins July 1 and ends June 30.
The school board’s adopted general-fund budget has an estimated $125,461,571 in total available revenues and $102,205,139 in total estimated expenditures, leaving an estimated $23,256,432 fund balance.
Of the revenues, $16,800,000 is generated by taxes, $53,123,626 is received from the state, $19,201,836 is from the federal government and $2,876,989 comes from other funding sources.
The board also approved a total available revenue amount of $40,744,768 for capital projects and $18,200,000 in total estimated expenditures, leaving a total fund balance of $22,544,768.
In other school board business:
• The board of education approved the proposed 2011-12 salary schedules. Liberty County School System Assistant Superintendent Jason Rogers said the hourly and daily rates remained constant from the prior year. The annual rates were increased for all scales because three furlough days were eliminated from every calendar, Rogers said. In addition, the board approved position supplements with the exception of curriculum coordinators and high school curriculum specialists; the supplements for those positions were removed from the supplement list.
• School board members approved a bus refurbishment bid with Roberts Truck Center for 18 buses at a total cost of $19,363.55. Rogers told the board the refurbishment should “extend the life of each bus” by about 10 years. The maintenance work will include painting bus exteriors; replacing school bus lettering, numbers and emergency-exit decals inside and out; replacing floor mats and center-aisle runners; upgrading exterior body and warning lights; and upgrading side mirrors.
• The board approved a request by the district attorney’s office to fuel its vehicles at the Liberty County School System transportation facility. Mary Alexander, LCSS assistant superintendent of student services, informed the board the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office and Walthourville Police Department currently gas up their vehicles at the system’s transportation facility.
“In checking with our staff, they feel we can accommodate the additional fueling of the 16 vehicles requested,” Alexander said.