Tentative budget approved by Bracken BOE

By Christy Howell-Hoots - choot[email protected]

BROOKSVILLE — A tentative budget was approved by the Bracken County Board of Education Monday and sent on for approval from the Kentucky Department of Education.

Bracken County Schools Finance Director Brittany Mullikin said while the district is facing some cuts in state grants, the budget is still balanced.

The budget includes a beginning balance of $1.3 million, a general fund revenue of $9.73 million, a special revenue fund of $1 million, a capital outlay fund of $111,472, a building fund of $1.86 million, a debt service fund of $240,473, food service fund of $994,415, for a total of $13.77 million with expenditures expected to be the same.

“The budget is completely balanced,” Mullikin said. “I budgeted low for the beginning balance, just in case of surprises. We are expecting some cuts to the state grants, but we don’t anticipate any issues.”

According to Mullikin, those cuts include a 6.25 percent cut to extended school services, a 6.25 percent cut to preschool and no funding for professional development or textbooks.

“Our teachers are still required to attend PD, however,” Mullikin said. “We’ll just have to figure out the funding for that.”

Mullikin said the final, working budget has to be approved in September.

During the meeting, Taylor Elementary School Principal Bobbi Brothers also talked about activities at the school that allow students to collaborate with the community.

Brothers said there are several community projects during the year including a health fair for kindergarten students, a unit exploring where food comes from during the first-graders reading series, safety day for second-grade students, a visit with the Wave Foundation from the Newport Aquarium for third-grade students, a visit with the conservation officers to discuss animals native to Kentucky for fourth-grade students and the Salute program for fifth-grade students.

According to Superintendent Jeff Aulick, the current attendance goal for the school is 95.36 percent and the attendance is at 95.36 percent.

Other items discussed during the meeting included:

— Awarding a bid for a paving project at the high school.

— Dissolving a district-wide full-time substitute position and a TES teacher position. According to Aulick, the positions are no longer needed, but if that changes, the positions will be reinstated.

— Recognizing students of the month and art students of the month.

By Christy Howell-Hoots

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