PARKERSBURG -The Wood County Board of Education Tuesday took its first steps toward creating the school system's 2011-12 budget.
Finance Director Connie Roberts presented a budget calendar to board members Tuesday evening, outlining the important dates of the process.
"It will be over a three-month period beginning in March and ending with the budget being approved in May," Roberts said.
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At the last school board meeting, Roberts presented preliminary budget estimates, which included a drop in funding of about $16,000. Roberts said then she was concerned with next year's budget because despite the drop in funding, other costs such as step pay increases and utilities would continue to increase.
Roberts said those numbers were based upon previous years and possible trends. The state has not yet presented final funding numbers.
Tuesday Roberts said those final numbers from the state are expected around March 18, and the board would hold a meeting to approve proposed levy rates on March 22. That meeting would re-adjourn on April 19 to approve the levy rates.
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West Virginia University at Parkersburg President Marie Foster Gnage speaks to the Wood County Board of Education Tuesday evening. The board read aloud a proclamation celebrating the college’s 50th anniversary.
The board would hold its annual budget workshop the following week on April 26, with administrators walking the board members line-by-line through the proposed budget. An additional meeting, if needed, could be scheduled for May 10, Roberts said.
The proposed schedule would have the board approving the budget May 24, but board members said that date conflicted with other activities. Roberts asked the meeting to be moved to May 31, a move the board is expected to vote on at its next meeting.
Also Tuesday the school board approved a proclamation celebrating the 50th anniversary of West Virginia University at Parkersburg. The school system and college have worked together for several years in partnership with education programs.
- Finance Director Connie Roberts presented the 2011-12 budget calendar at Tuesday's Wood County Board of Education meeting.
- The board also approved a proclamation celebrating WVU-P's 50th anniversary.
WVU-P President Marie Foster Gnage and WVU-P Board of Governors Chairman Joe Campbell were on hand to receive the proclamation.