Tucker BOE discusses budget

The second-quarter financial report for Tucker County Schools was discussed at the Tucker County Board of Education meeting Monday evening.

David Lambert, treasurer for the board, presented the report. He outlined the year-to-date expenses for this fiscal year and the forecast of what expenses may occur during the remainder of the year.

The expense analysis was broken down into 18 categories that included administration services, special education instruction, vocational instruction and food services. Overall, the county is projected to run a deficit of $102,778.51 this fiscal year.

“At the end of the day, we have to get more revenue,” Lambert said. “We are cutting everything we can.”

The big hits to the budget are occurring in the areas of administrative services for the board and special ed instruction. Largely, this is due to personnel issues, Lambert said.

The number of personnel the board employs is estimated in advance of the creation of the yearly budget. Employee turnover and requirements of state and federal regulations can make the number of employees hard to predict, he said.

Even with a projected deficit, the number of employees is already running at the minimum, officials said.

“Personnel-wise, we’re as thin as we can get,” said Dr. Eddie Campbell, superintendent of Tucker County Schools.

Board member Jared Parsons asked Lambert how the personnel issues can be handled more effectively.

Lambert suggested only better planning and increased revenue. However, he said, it is not always possible to predict everything perfectly in advance.

In other news:

– Mark and Jennifer Harsh requested that the board allow their children, Michelle and Tyler, to attend Tucker County Schools for the 2012-2013 school year. The board approved their request.

– Valerie Eye has been hired as the assistant spring cheer coach at Tucker Valley Elementary Middle School for the 2012-2013 school year.