Thursday, February 02, 2006

KCS News Release - School Board to hold special budget

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NO: 06-008 February 1, 2006

School Board to hold special budget meeting

The Knox County Board of Education will conduct a work session dedicated to the Board's fiscal 2007 General Purpose School Fund Budget beginning at 5:00 p.m. February 6 in the large auditorium at West High School.

The meeting is intended to be easily accessible and provide interested citizens the opportunity to provide their insights to the School Board as its members discuss the operating budget for fiscal 2007, which begins in July.

"I think it is very important that we reach out to the community as we go through the budget process," said Board Chairman Dr. Dan Murphy.

"This will be a very difficult budget. We expect very austere revenue growth, and it is invaluable to the Board to have public input as the Board looks to where it can gain operational efficiency or reduce expenditures."

The work session agenda is continued discussion of the Budget recommendation submitted by Superintendent Dr. Charles Lindsey during the Board's Jan. 23 work session. The superintendent's proposal based on preliminary revenue and expenditure information is available at www.kcs.k12tn.net.

"We have started the budget process much earlier this year than we have in the past," said Murphy, who also represents the citizens of the Fourth District. "This is so we can have more options and greater public input as we try to balance resources and needs. Most Board members have some very definite feelings about various parts of the budget and the superintendent's proposal. This process allows use to look thoroughly at all the options and ask the superintendent some very hard questions. It also provides more time to understand the concerns of our community."

Citizens who wish to speak at the session should arrive at the meeting early and sign up with the board secretary.

West High School is located at 3300 Sutherland Ave.


Preliminary Revenue & Expense Projections

Preliminary Budget Information

special thanks to Karen Carson for this information

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