Carter County’s Interim Director of Schools Dr. Kevin Ward provided the board of education with a brief synopsis of the 2013 budget following the county commission’s approval of the spending plan earlier this week. Ward discussed the budget at Thursday afternoon’s school board meeting in Elizabethton.
Ward commented that he met earlier this week with Carter County Finance Director Ingrid Deloach and Deputy Finance Director Christa Byrd to review the final figures for the upcoming school year. Also in attendance at the meeting were newly appointed Assistant Director of Schools Peggy Campbell and Special Education Supervisor Dr. Carol Whaley. “We were able to sit down at that meeting and organize our numbers,” said Ward. “That meeting allowed us to make sure we had all of those numbers in line and that we had made all the necessary cuts we need to make.”
Prior to Monday’s county commission meeting, school officials met with representatives from the Tennessee Department of Education concerning the system’s spending plan for 2012-2013. At that meeting, the school system learned that they discovered their “maintenance of effort” figures fell short of state expectations by $302,000. The maintenance of effort—or MOI—is based on a school system’s budget from one year to the next. “The state official sat down with us and worked the formula and let us know that our budget was short by $128,500,” Ward said. He noted that the figures were based, in part, by using the sum of $431,500, which was the school system’s last estimated shortfall in the 2012-2013 budget.