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Tentative budget for 2012-13 approved by Board of Education

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By Kristin Beck

Chief Financial Officer Jon Conrad presented a tentative budget overview for the 2012-13 school year to the Carroll County Board of Education Thursday.

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The budget totals $23,194,130. The deadline to submit the working budget to the state is Sept. 30.

In an interview Monday, Conrad explained this is the first year the contingency percentage was calculated in a different way. This year, the percentage is calculated by adding just the general fund and food service together and subtracting the amount of contingency. The state requires school districts to set aside 2 percent in contingency; this budget has set aside 15.16 percent, about $2.48 million.

The estimated carry over from this school year is $4,347,500.

Per board approval, the budget includes a 1 percent plus step salary increase for employees. Also highlighted were $200,000 to purchase two new school buses; $107,000 for the Apple Mac Book lease; $80,000 for the Kathryn Winn Primary cafeteria renovation; $75,000 for the Apple iPad initiative; $30,000 for high school athletics; $12,500 for middle school athletics; $11,000 for choir; and $10,000 split between the middle and high school for band.

The board approved the tentative budget 4-0.

Preliminary results show English, biology averages exceed target

High School Principal John Leeper presented the preliminary results from the Kentucky end-of-course assessments, part of the state’s College and Career Readiness initiative. Students in English 110, Algebra 2, Biology and U.S. History took the test and will count for 10 percent of the students’ final grade, according to an October News-Democrat article.

Because CCHS was among those that administered the test online, students were able to receive their results within 10 minutes, Leeper said. The school will not know how they performed compared to other schools until later because some schools took the test with pencil and paper.

The average score in English 110 and biology exceeded the College and Career Readiness target, while algebra 2 and U.S. history came up just short. Below, is a chart of how the students performed. Leeper said the results presented to the board were not official because some of the scores had not been finalized when he printed his report for the meeting.

Right after taking the test, students received reports on each subject giving them specific ways to improve their scores, Leeper said. Parents also will receive a report on their student’s scores. Teachers will use the information they learn from the tests to build their lesson plans for next year, he said.

Music program highlighted

Alternative School Principal Ed Nelson said the Kentucky Music Educators Association wrote “a good spread” on the school’s music program in the summer 2012 edition of “The Bluegrass Music News,” a bi-annual publication. He reported that faculty member Jeffery Root had been invited to a state conference, and the goal is to have a band program in every technical school in the state.

CCHS students named Champions

Superintendent Lisa James recognized the Apple Help Desk team at Carroll County High School as Champions for Kids. The students helped with the Apple Mac Book rollout this year, and two students per period were available to help with minor issues during school. The following students were recognized: Hannah Devine, Sam Caldwell, Pooja Patel, Josh McCarty, Daniel Lindsey, Leah Chandler, Megan Harris, Logan Doll, Elizabeth Mouzakitis, AJ Hickey, Sergio Pascual, Andrea Williams and Amanda Ashcraft.