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$68.4 million Kingsport City Schools budget to go before BMA on Monday

May 11th, 2014 7:22 pm by Rick Wagner

$68.4 million Kingsport City Schools budget to go before BMA on Monday

KINGSPORT — A more than $68.4 million Kingsport City Schools budget proposal for 2014-15 is to go before the Board of Mayor and Aldermen on Monday at a 4:30 p.m. work session. It will be in a second floor meeting room of City Hall.

The proposed budget, approved by the Board Education at its regular Thursday night meeting, seeks $775,000 in additional money for the general fund and almost as much again for computer purchases in a special technology fund.

To balance the $68,479,500 budget — $2,809,850 more than the current general fund budget — with city revenues would require $775,000 in additional money from the Board of Mayor and Aldermen or a total of $10,976,400.

Debt service from the city is to go down $51,250 to $3,516,700, and a special technology fund appropriation for student computers is to be $750,000.

Frye said that even with the delay of PARCC testing for Common Core, the computers are still needed for other online testing and use by students.

All told, those items would make for $15,243,100 in money from the city for the school budget next school year.

But in addition to the $775,000 and $750,000, the school system will ask for partial funding for a $190,000 facilities study by consultant DeJong-Richter. The system has set aside $50,000 for a study that was not as comprehensive as the DeJong-Richter study soon to get under way and be complete by March of 2015.

For an expanded version of this article, please see Monday's print edition or our expanded electronic edition.

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