School Districts 50. 51 and 52 each took turns presenting their projected 2013-2014 budgets during Greenwood County Council Administrative & Finance Committee meeting Tuesday, April 23, 2013.
District 50 (Greenwood) presented first as Dr. Gary Johnson started explaining overall budget changes. Johnson explained that next year will see a 4.5% decrease at the G. Frank Russell Career Center and a .61% decrease at District 50 in the total proposed general budgets. In summary, District 50 is experiencing a 1.3 million shortfall and is forced to make necessary reductions to compensate.
One major adjustments proposed is moving K4 classes from the Early Childhood Center to the Elementary schools and closing the Instructional Services Center. Johnson explained shifting K4 to Elementary schools allows for the Special Ed to relocate to the Early Childhood Center allowing the closing of the ISC.
The largest adjustment, which gives most concern, comes in salary and fringe reductions. Johnson explained this equates to 16 classroom teachers and a few district employee positions. Although normal attrition will cover this, ultimately classroom sizes will increase.
As a result Johnson request Council to approve a 2.68 millage increase to save at least 4 teaching positions.
Dr. Fay Sprouse, Superintendent of District 51 (Ware Shoals) is also requesting an increase of 3 mills. Sprouse explains this request is mainly due to the need to repay loans used for building repairs.
Finance Director Emily Temple of District 52 (Ninety Six) brought good news to Council as they will not be requesting any millage increases and state their budgets are looking good for next year.
Council will take these requests into consideration with a vote on these matters coming at a later date.