BOE continues to crunch numbers

Published 11:38 am Wednesday, September 7, 2011

The Butler County Board of Education continued to examine the numbers for the school district’s proposed FY 2012 budget at a second budget hearing Tuesday night.

Brandi Autrey, the district’s chief financial officer, reviewed and broke down the proposed budget for the board members.

The board’s main concern is there are still several programs that have yet to receive allocations.

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“It’s almost like you have to guess on what you’re going to get,” Autrey said.

As of Tuesday’s meeting, allocations for the programs, Bright Beginnings, Technology Formula and rural and low income have no allocations allotted for the budget.

Linda Hamilton, the board president, expressed her concern if the schools were even going to see those allocations.

“If not, we’re going to be up a creek without a paddle,” Hamilton said.

Autrey predicted that the budget would see those allocations at the end of September since the budget goes into effect Oct. 1.

Autrey also discussed the local amount projections by comparing it to 2010. As of October 2010, the local fund was $924,734. As of September 30 of this year, the local fund is projected to be $883,937. Autrey predicted the 2012 fund would be $1,060,202.

As for the general fund balance, Autrey introduced the decrease in general fund.

“Let’s talk about how little money we have,” Autrey said.

Over the past few years, the general fund balance has dropped from approximately $3 million to approximately $1.1 million.

“There has been no growth,” Autrey said.

To save money, the Board introduced an idea that could possibly benefit all of the schools in Butler County.

“Is there any way we can lease computers instead of buying new ones each year?” Hamilton asked.

Her argument is that computers go out of date within a year, and the school district buys new ones each year. Autrey and the board agreed to look into the idea.

After the budget had been broken down, and a few minor adjustments had to be made, the board approved the FY 2012 budget.

In other business:

* The Board approved advertising for bids for HVAC systems (wall and split units).