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Getting to the Numbers: School Board, Commissioners Meet PDF Print
Written by Steve Frank   
Monday, 09 May 2011 05:50

This afternoon, work on budgets—hurting from greatly depressed tax revenues—gets into high gear, with some key meetings set.  The  Watauga Board of Education will be involved in three meetings today that will begin to define the funds they will have to deal with for 2011-12, starting with a budget workshop at 3:30.

That will be followed with a meeting with County Commissioners at 5, then their own regular session at 7.  In the Watauga County budget proposed by county manager Rocky Nelson, the schools would see an increase in local funds of $408,000, and Commission chairman Nathan Miller said last week that the commissioners are willing to look for more for the schools from within their budget as they work for a final county budget for next year.  Watauga Schools are estimating their gap is $3.2 million, hoping for a million dollars more from the county, that as schools here and across the state may not know their final dollar figure from the state legislature until mid to late summer, making it even more difficult to craft their budgets. 
Meanwhile, ASU and all UNC System schools are dealing with the potential of 15% cuts in state funds—cuts that would mean cutting into the meat—curriculum cuts—and not knowing the final amount is creating further hardships on campuses.


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