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KCSD keeps eye on state funding

Posted: May 31, 2011 4:47 p.m.
Updated: June 1, 2011 5:00 a.m.

If the S.C. House of Representatives passes a bill to funnel $105 million into education, then the Kershaw County Board of School Trustees may not have to draft a millage request letter to Kershaw County Council after all.

During a facilities and finance meeting last week, Kershaw County School District (KCSD) Chief Financial Officer Donnie Wilson said the S.C. Senate’s recent passing of the bill could increase the base student cost from $1,788 per student to $1,959.

“That is a significant difference from what we were planning on using,” Wilson said, reminding the committee that the bill has not passed the House yet. “But we have fairly good confidence that this thing is going to pass. Now will it end up being exactly $1,959? I have my doubts; I would imagine that a compromise would be that the House gets something out of it.”

And even if the board decides to go with a more conservative base student cost of $1,900, Wilson said most of the cuts and adjustments it has discussed may not happen at all.

“In other words, we could have a balanced budget without including those reductions,” he said. “We could eliminate all of the furlough days, not just one day -- that’s five for teachers and 10 for everyone else.”

Also, Wilson said the school district will be able to add to its general reserve fund and continue with the planned additions that were included in the proposed budget.

KCSD Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan said the board should have an idea of what will happen by its next board meeting, as the state legislature faces a June 2 deadline to complete its work.

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