No budget woes for city schools

Published 12:00 am Friday, January 13, 2006

The Selma Times-Journal

Financially, Selma City Schools is on cloud nine.

“For the first time, we’ll have a budget on time,” Carter told city school board members at their meeting Thursday night. “We’re in the best shape ever.”

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Carter said the state has a surplus of $1 billion for schools in the upcoming school year. Selma City Schools received $17 million from the state last year and Carter suspects that number will grow.

“We stand a chance of getting a fair share,” he said.

Carter also reported the school system has a chance of receiving $1.8 million dollars from Gov. Bob Riley’s Capital Improvement Plan and he added personnel may receive a five to six percent salary increase next year. Carter insured parents in the audience that all funds received will go towards improving their child’s education.

Carter finally reported the school system is “right on target” budget wise for the 2005-2006 year.

In other business:

Administrative Services Committee Chair Ann Fitts recommended the board pass the proposed calendar for the 2006-2007 school year. Fitts’ request was unanimously approved. According to the calendar, classes will begin Aug. 14.

Instructional Services Committee Chair John Williams requested approval for the continuation of the summer school program. The request was passed.

Buildings and Grounds Committee Chair James Terry issued his report. Repairs have been made Byrd Elementary, Cedar Park Elementary, Clark Elementary, Edgewood Elementary, Knox Elementary, School of Discovery and Tremont. Parking lots have been re-paved and striped at Selma High School, Pickard Auditorium and the Selma City Schools’ Central Office.

Mina Roussell, PTO President at Edgewood Elementary, presented the board with student made thank you cards, praising the board for having childrens’ best interest at heart.

Students from Selma High School performed a mock peer mediation session for the board. The peer mediation program is a new addition to the school, aiding students in solving disputes respectfully and peacefully.

Robert Carter, principal of Kingston Elementary, received a $5,000 grant form the state department of education for its After-School Care program.