- Written by: Bryan Hunt - Breese Journal Editor
The Carlyle School District Board of Education approved the adoption of a budget for 2023-2024 at Monday's board meeting.
Carlyle Superintendent Annie Gray said the district does have a balanced budget with the approval.
She said the education fund is looking at $10,000 in revenue with just under $10,000 in expenditures.
For operations and maintenance, there are just over $1 million in expenditures and revenue. Debt servicing is around $600,629, and revenue and expenditures and risk managment are $942,000.
The district did have to budget for additional speech services, which is built into the budget as well. Also, the district had to budget for two students utilizing out-of-district placements.
A budget hearing held prior to the board meeting saw no input from board members or the public.
Gray said one of the changes was an update of the benefits section to reflect a change in insurance this year.
Also, there is an update for the FY23 School Maintenance Grant, which the district has not written for yet, Gray said, but they will do that for this fiscal year.
A move toward updates
The board approved a resolution declaring the intent to issue up to $6 million of working cash fund bonds, and directing that notice be published according to law.
Gray said the board has discussed the district having a bond expire.
It is the recommendation of the finance committee that the board move forward with this process.
This would be a 20-year bond extension, Gray said.
The funds would be for building purposes only.
Gray recommends the building committee convene, walk the district's three buildings and, at a later date, present to the board of education their proposals.
Gray said these are not in any sort of needs order, but things the board has discussed in past years.
There are a number of health life safety items, based on a survey completed in 2017.
Among that list are replacement of interior doors which are not fire-rated, and the addition of a sprinkler system.
At the high school there is a need for an additional science lab, to support the three science teachers.
A classroom near the library is being used for a science room, but it is not set up for labs.
Other items include general classroom renovations and updates. A south-end bathroom at the high school also needs remodeling "if we're going to continue to use it as a functional restroom," Gray said.
There's a need for air conditioning in Harriss Gym and the locker rooms, as well as renovations and updates.
At the junior high school there weren't as many needs, but there are some.
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