The plan would cut the number of new teaching positions from the 10.5 recommended by the Board of Education on May 6 to three. The positions were part of $775,000 in new operational money requested by the school system. The plan also would eliminate $750,000 to buy some computers for online testing.
Instead of approving a decrease in the proposed budget of more than $1.5 million, the board decided to wait until a called meeting after the second and final reading of the city budget by the Board of Mayor and Aldermen on June 17. Officials said the called meeting likely would be before the regular June 19 Board of Education work session.
The reason BOE members Andy King and others gave for the delay was so the city school system would have to put together only one more budget instead of approving one Thursday night and then having to amend it if the BMA came up with additional funding.
The BMA included no additional funding beyond the current fiscal year's more than $10 million appropriation for the school system, although the city general fund budget includes a combination of expenditure cuts and a 13-cent property tax rate increase.
Funding the almost $1.5 million in requested school funding would take about a 9-cent property tax rate increase on top of the 13 cents from Tuesday's BMA first reading budget.
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