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April 13, 2012

SCS: Budget to go before board

Friday, April 13, 2012 — After reviewing the second draft of the proposed capital outlay budget, the finance and facility committees approved the draft during a committee meeting Tuesday night. The draft will now be recommended to the full board for approval at the May 1 Stanly County School Board meeting.

According to the proposed budget, 30 projects have been slated for completion during the 2012-2013 fiscal year, which are estimated to cost the school system $1.74 million.

For the current school year, the Stanly County Board of Commissioners allocated $1.68 million for the school system for capital outlay projects. While the school system hopes to receive at least the same amount for the upcoming year, the final figures will not be available until the commissioners adopt the 2012-2013 operating budget for the county, a proposal for which has not been presented at this time.

“If the board approves these recommendations, we’ll go down this list and just keep chipping away at each project as we have funding,” Carrie Cox, finance director for Stanly County Schools said.

The finance and facility committees have held three workshops to address the budget, during which they reviewed each project, and ranked them based on what each committee member felt was most important. The ranks were then averaged, which established the order that each project was placed on the list and, in turn, the order they would be completed based on funding.

The proposed projects, in their currently ranked order, include:

21st Century Classroom Project, $500,000;

Replace roof at Albemarle High School, $250,000;

Upgrade playgrounds to meet federal regulations with timbers and kid cushion, $35,000;

Repair or replace foams roofs at several schools, $175,000;

Purchase of 12 Fortress school bus camera systems ($1,500 each), $18,000;

Replace the chiller at Stanfield Elementary School, $55,000;

HVAC repairs systemwide, $20,000;

Replace lighting at Oakboro Elementary, $13,000 (after a reimbursement for half of the lights by Duke Energy);

Replace lighting at Badin Elementary, $12,000 (after a reimbursement for half of the lights by Duke Energy);

Resurface the tennis courts at North Stanly High School, $90,000;

Repair or replace gymnasium roof at South Stanly High School, $70,000;

Reseal boilers at West Stanly Middle School, $12,000;

Repair or replace gymnasium floor at South Stanly High School, $110,000;

Replace the generator at SCS Central Office, $25,000;

Systemwide allocations for athletic equipment to the four high schools at $7,000 each, $28,000;

Systemwide allocations for athletic equipment to the four middle schools at $3,100 each, $12,400;

Allocations for band equipment or uniforms to the four high schools at $5,000 each, $20,000;

Upgrade TeleTrol HVAC controls systemwide, $45,000;

Allocations for art, music and physical education at the 11 elementary schools at $1,500 each, $16,500;

Painting systemwide, $45,000;

Install urinal screens at Albemarle High School, $5,000;

Repair or replace auditorium doors at Albemarle High School, $13,000;

Air conditioner units at North Albemarle for the new central office location, $7,000;

Pave sidewalk for student drop off area at West Stanly High School, $7,500;

Install awning for mobile units at Millingport Elementary School, $15,000;

Pave an additional parking area at Central Elementary School, $40,000;

Install an awning for the new student drop off area at West Stanly High School, $18,000;

Pave gravel area in front of West Stanly High School, $35,000;

Install carpet and walls at North Albemarle for central office relocation, $25,500; and

Replace maintenance van due to excessive mileage, $26,000.

These proposals will be presented to the school board on May 1, at which time they could approve the recommended budget or make changes to it.

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