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Middle school site in budget

By Staff
Funds for land, architect's fees in new budget
By MICHELE GERLACH-Publisher
The Brewton City Board of Education Monday approved an $8.7 million budget for fiscal year 2005-06 that includes approximately $900,000 for the purchase of land and architect fees for a proposed new middle school.
The board has not determined a site for the proposed new school.
In the budget synopsis Smith provided to the board, he said the system earned 78.43 state-funded teach units, which are based on average daily attendance in the first 40 days of the school year.
Personnel
The system also local funds to supplement the salaries for principals, assistant principals and guidance counselors, and to pay the salaries of an assistant principal at Brewton Elementary and half the salary of an assistant principal at Brewton Middle School. This year the system will employ a total of 91.5 teachers, three media specialists, a reading coach, three counselors, three principals and two and a half assistant principals.
Additionally, the cost of employee benefits has increased $85 per month per employee.
Instructional support
The budget includes $525 per teach unit for teacher materials and supplies and an additional $100 per teacher unit is budgeted for common purchases such as copy paper. Textbook purchases are budgeted at $67.50 per student based on average daily attendance.
Transportation
The system will purchase a new bus and a new truck this year. The bus will be purchased with fleet renewal and transportation funds designated only for that purpose; the truck will be purchased with transportation funds and local funds.
Ending balances
The system expects to begin the '05-'06 fiscal year with an $800,000 balance projects an ending balance of $842,099, maintaining a one-month operating balance.
In other business, the board agreed to purchase new stage lighting for the high school auditorium from Main Stage Theatrical Supply for $4,504.