Cartersville schools' higher next year budget reflects population increase
by Mark Andrews
May 06, 2011 | 1788 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The City of Cartersville Board of Education on Thursday saw the recommendation to approve a $33,363,100 budget for the 2012 fiscal year. Last May the board approved for 2011 a budget of $32,409,100.

"Any of [that budget] can change," finance committee chairwoman Kelley Dial said during the work session. "In looking at [the budget] with the finance committee, it represents virtually what we have this year."

Superintendent Howard Hinesley said the proposed $954,000 increase to the 2012 budget was due to a population increase of about 101 students and the hiring of a Spanish teacher at Cartersville High School.

"[A student increase] automatically increases what we have to spend, period," school board president Linda Benton said.

Hinesley said the school board has reserved funds to use as costs increase and the student population increases.

"What we're doing is, we're losing revenue as expenses go up, but we're taking money from contingency [funds] to cover that," Hinesley said.

Dial also reported the school system collected a higher-than-average $522,835 in Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax during March.

"I have no Earthly explanation for [the amount of SPLOST]," dial said. "That is our largest [SPLOST] check ever."

SPLOST collection in February was $399,190.

In other board of education news, the school board opened bids for over a half dozen items including 32 SMART Boards, fluorescent light replacement at Cartersville Elementary School and band field sod and irrigation at CHS.

Building and grounds committee chairman Ken Topham recommended a proposal for architectural design services for a transportation training facility at the school system's bus barn. The proposal came from CGLS Architects of Atlanta in the amount of $25,000.

The school board will vote on the recommended items Monday at 6 p.m. during their regular business session at the central office boardroom.