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County school board passes amended budget
by Steve Beavers
Nov 13, 2013 | 201 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The 2012-13 amended budget of the Alcorn School District passed by a 3-2 vote in the October meeting of the school board.

Some members of the five-person board expressed displeasure with the close vote on the amended item in discussion prior to the approval of the minutes during November's regular meeting on Tuesday night.

"It bothers me a little that the minutes show we were one vote from not passing the budget," said board vice president Mary Kathryn Coleman.

Coleman, board president Russ Nash and District 2 board member James Voyles each voted to approve the amended combined budget in October's meeting. District 3 member Carroll Morton and District 5's Randy Wilbanks cast the two nay votes.

According to board attorney James Price, if the budget had not been approved, the district would have shut down since there would be no budget.

"How can we support a budget that is $1 million under budget?" asked Wilbanks. "It bothers me a lot when we pass a budget like this."

Morton expressed his reason to vote against the amended budget was not to disband the board.

"I voted to spend within our means," he said. "If you vote no, you are the booger bear around here."

The district had a shortfall of around $1.2 million for the 2012-13 school year.

In other board business, superintendent Gina Rogers Smith informed the board that Nash was named to the Mississippi School Boards Association (MSBA) Board of Directors.

According to its website, the MSBA is a professional, nonprofit organization whose mission is to ensure quality school board performance through Advocacy, Leadership Training, Technical Assistance and Information Dissemination. MSBA represents all public school boards of education in the State of Mississippi.

The board approved the purchase of 10 more bus cameras from Truck Center for a total of $12,554.50.

"A lot of those will be put on buses used for athletics," said assistant superintendent Ritchie Williams.

Federal Programs Director Lisa Wigginton shared with the board the condition of technology centers in the district.

"We don't have the labs in high school capable of doing state testing," said Wigginton.

The director went on to say work is ongoing to improve the computer labs.

"We have a plan in action to get the labs where they need to be," added Wigginton.

The next meeting of the board is set for Dec. 9 at 5 p.m.
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