Cleburne BOE holds budget hearing; 2nd hearing tonight
by Laura Camper
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HEFLIN — The Cleburne County Board of Education held the first hearing for its proposed budget of fiscal year 2014 at its regular meeting Monday. The school system’s proposed total budget is $24.3 million, or about $800,000 more than the amount of its current budget, which ends its year Sept. 30.

“We’ll start this fiscal year with $2.5 million and we expect to end the fiscal year with $2.2 million,” Superintendent Claire Dryden told the board members.

The budget is absorbing a 10 percent across-the-board cut in federal dollars in part because of sequestration, Dryden said.

The board members didn’t ask any questions about the budget, however, they will meet again today at Ranburne High School for a second budget hearing and to vote on the document. The meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

In other business Monday the board:

— Heard a list of complaints from a parent, Juanita Rogers, on a variety of policy matters. The board members and superintendent addressed the complaints and moved onto its business. Rogers left shortly after she was heard.

— Accepted the resignations of pre-kindergarten teacher assistant Noelle East and instructional aide Kristi Grubbs.

— Approved hiring Erin Beason, Jackie Stallings and Kristi Grubbs as class-size reduction teachers.

— Approved hiring Charlotte Rider as full-time food service assistance for one year.

— Approved hiring Tonya Smith as pre-K teacher assistant.

— Approved maternity leave for Tiffany Fuller.

— Approved Ezra Joslin and Clay Smith as volunteer coaches at Cleburne County High School.

— Approved a five-year capital plan. The system doesn’t expect to receive any capital funds from the state to do any capital improvements, said David Howle, who presented the plan. It will have to use local money for any such projects, he said.

Staff Writer Laura Camper: 256-235-3545. On Twitter @LCamper_Star.

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