Greenville school board OKs 2014-2015 proposed budget


By Curtis Wildfong • Last Updated 11:02 am on Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Greenville Public Schools’ Director of Finance John Gilchrist discusses the district’s 2014-15 proposed budget, which was adopted Monday evening. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

 

GREENVILLE — The Greenville Public Schools Board of Education adopted a proposed $33.6 million budget for the 2014-2015 fiscal year.

The budget shows a deficit, using more than $107,000 in the general fund to balance it, but officials said that is misleading, because the budget can and will be amended as it moves through the year.

“We will close that gap before we begin the school year,” Superintendent Pete Haines said. “That will not be a crisis.”

Director of Finance John Gilchrist said what is shown as a deficit now will be adjusted throughout the year to come closer to a purely balanced budget.

“There was a bus run for special (education) that was put in that probably isn’t going to happen; we’re not sure about the hearing impaired interpreter, that’s a substantial line item; and we have about $50,000 set aside for capital projects,” he said. “Those three things themselves handle that.”

If the budget remains unchanged, which is unlikely, the district’s fund balance at the end of the 2014-2015 budget year will still be at $2.47 million, about 7 percent of the annual budget, or a little more than a month’s worth of expenses.

“It’s certainly going to move a lot between now and the end of the next school year. We know we have to find $108,000 we need to trim the budget by,” Haines said. “We want to see where enrollment is, a few extra kids takes care of that in a heartbeat. We’ve taken a very conservative view on enrollment.”

“It shows a deficit but I don’t think anyone wants one,” Trustee James Anderson said.

The budget is largely similar to the previous year, which the school board adopted its final amendments.

The 2013-2014 budget ended at $32.68 million.

Each budget includes nearly half the budget, around $15 million, for basic programs. Other large costs for the 2014-15 budget include pupil support services ($2.15 million); operation and maintenance ($2.63); school administration ($2.05 million) and instructional staff ($1.7 million).

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