County BOE talks budgetPublished 12:37pm Wednesday, May 15, 2013
The Tallapoosa County School Board knows what it can expect moving forward after the Alabama Senate approved an education budget last week.
Tallapoosa County Superintendent Joe Windle went over how the state’s new education budget will affect Tallapoosa County schools during Monday’s school board meeting.
Windle said the budget brings positives for the school system, including a 2 percent raise for K-12 employees, but also brings negatives in the form of lost teaching units.
“There’s some good news and some bad news. We got a little extra money in OCE (Other Current Expense) – $14 million were put back in. That’ll be about another $85,000 for us that we have some flexibility with,” Windle said. “We got a little bit more money in transportation than we had last year, but we lost two teaching units.”
Windle said the loss of teaching units was due to funds being moved with the Accountability Act.
“Those two units were lost because of the Accountability Act, which took $30 million away from public education to fund tax credits,” Windle said. “We lost the library units to fund the $5 million for liability insurance. We’ll go back to the drawing board tomorrow and figure out how we’re going to do that.”
During Monday’s meeting the board also recognized the following students from county high schools for their achievements at recent state competitions.
Reeltown High School
Band: Morgan Blackmon, Seth Freeman, Brianna Jarvis, C.J. Short, Ben Brumbleloe, Daniel Spain, Matt Bice, Lindsey Zimmer, Grace Meadows, Amber Kinney, Shikayla Daniel, Chase Young.
FFA Quartet: CJ Short, Elizabeth Grimes, Amber Davis, Savannah Spivey, Katelyn Lynn.
Poultry judging team: Aubrey Jones, Kourtney Allen, Thomas Motes, CJ Short.
Quiz Bowl Team: Torran Smith, Brianna Jarvis, Arianna Stoneback, Destiny Massengil, Kaitlin Baker.
Horseshoe Bend High School
FCCLA: Sarah Ashworth, Leslie Brooks, Brittany Dawson, Sarah Formby, Shelby Futral, Attie Hayes, Jelani Hill, Laurel Morgan, Adam Smith, Jodie Tapley, Dylan Teel.
String band: Luke Holt, Cammie Alexander, Zack Willard, Adam Smith.
Forestry: Tyler Meadows, Alec Cheatem, Chase Cheaney, Austin Love, Wesley Brown, Tyler Bowen.
Poultry: Carley Rehr, Briana Williams, Erin Vickers, Shay Slagle, Austine Alewine.
Land: Bradley Mann, Will Wilson, Caleb Yarbrough, Carley Rehr, Briana Williams, Erin Vickers.
Meat judging team: Bradley Mann, Will Wilson, Caleb Yarbrough, Hunter White.
The board also recognized Tyler Gardner for being one of six District Star Farmer Award winners in the state.
Dadeville High School
FBLA winners: Beverly Ceasar, Kayla Cagle, Ebonique Nelms, Alan Patterson, Jessica Minniefield, Mia Jones, Jada Russell, Mary Timmons.