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Instruction costs up at Campbellsville schools

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Rebecca Cassell

editor@cknj.com

Instruction costs at Campbellsville Independent Schools were up last year.

During last Monday's monthly School Board meeting, Jeff Sprowles of Wise, Buckner, Sprowles & Associates gave an audit report for the District's fiscal year ending June 30.

According to Sprowles, instruction accounts for 58 percent of the District's $12.88 million in expenses for 2010, or $7.56 million.

In the previous school year, instruction costs totaled $7.18 million.

Of the total budget, District and school administration were 3 percent each with instructional support at 6 percent and student support services at 3 percent.

According to Sprowles' report, the District began the year with a cash balance of $1.97 million and had revenues for the year of $12.6 million. The majority of revenue, or 57 percent, was from state funding, with local taxes contributing 19 percent. Other sources of revenue included investments, federal revenue and gain on the sale of assets.

A major difference between the 2009 and 2010 budget was the cost of last year's renovations at Campbellsville High. That construction is now complete.

No material weaknesses were reported, Sprowles said, though the audit did note opportunities for strengthening internal controls and efficiency in documentation for fundraising and purchasing.

Also at the meeting:

  • Academic Achievers for October were recognized: Lillie Lobb and Aiden Cox at Campbellsville Elementary; Amber Stagner and John Jolly at Campbellsville Middle; and Denika Smith and Jesse Reynolds at Campbellsville High. All were presented with certificates.
  • Campbellsville High School's site-based decision making council was the focus of the meeting's academic spotlight. Council members are CHS Principal Kirby Smith, teachers Tammy Wilson, Richard Dooley and Andrea Lawler, and parents Chris Brunelle and Sheila Taylor. Lawler and Taylor did not attend the meeting. Smith said that the school's goals for 2011 include increased percentages of distinguished/proficient scores in all areas of student testing, as well as an overall transition index score of 85. Learning checks are now completed every nine weeks, he said, and there are class rotations during seventh period each day that focus on core content. He also reported that CHS now has a junior varsity academic team, the first team in the past three years. Wilson and Dooley discussed math and science grants that fund programs to create student-centered demonstration classrooms with embedded thinking strategies.
  • In his monthly report, Superintendent Mike Deaton noted that the District would table plans for the softball concessions renovation because those that had been received were more costly than anticipated.
  • In Finance Director Chris Kidwell's monthly report to the Board, he said that 23 percent of the District budget has been spent, with 33 percent of the school year complete.
  • The Board met in closed session for 45 minutes to discuss pending litigation and personnel issues. No action was taken.
  • Non-resident contracts were approved with Taylor, Adair, Green and Marion county schools.
  • A half-time teaching position at CMS was approved, with a projected cost of $30,000.
  • A part-time clerical human resource position at the Board office was approved, at a cost of $3,500.
  • The Board accepted an offer of assistance for $12,566 in technology funds from the School Facilities Construction Commission.

Employment Report

New hires - Joni Davis, part-time special education director; and Gregory Burress and Nathan Quesenberry, substitute teachers.

esignations - Steve Doss and Andrew Cobb, assistant CHS football coaches.