BOE calls special meeting

Published 2:55 pm Tuesday, May 24, 2011

The Butler County Board of Education will hold a special called meeting Wednesday at 4 p.m.

The meeting, which will be held at the Central Office boardroom on Oglesby Street, was called to address personnel issues.

“We’re getting near the end of the school year and we have to make decisions on personnel,” Butler County School Board president Linda Hamilton said. “We’ll look at recommendations from the principals about people who will not be retained, or people who might be transfered to another school within the district or another position.”

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In its previous meetings, the Board of Education has discussed a reduction in personnel as an option for offsetting the district ending the 2010 fiscal year with $1,126,854 in the General Fund, $609,521 less than the one-month operating balance required by the State Department of Education.

“We know that we have to make cuts, but we don’t know if we’ll be able to make those cuts with a reduction of personnel or if the cuts will be more severe,” Butler County School Board member Joe Lisenby said in an earlier interview.

Other options for cutting the budget that are being discussed include McKenzie School being closed and consolidated with Georgiana School; using bus hubs in Greenville to reduce transportation costs; eliminating Central Office positions; a 50-75 percent reduction of support staff positions and an energy costs reduction plan to save $150,000; restructuring long-term debt and the use of PSCA Funds for debt services.

At last week’s regular meeting, the board voted to eliminate all supplements. This past school year, the total amount of supplements paid out by the school district was $239,876.