The Union County School District’s Board of Trustees is expected to approve a $26.8 million budget for the fiscal year 2019-2020 when it meets Monday, Aug. 5.

For the second year in a row, the board will not be asking for an increase in ad valorem taxes from the Union County Board of Supervisors.

Under the budget proposal, which was presented to the board June 24, the amount of ad valorem tax revenue to be allocated to the district will be $4,819,096 – up $164,439 over the current fiscal year.

This revenue is 18 percent of the district’s $26,835,162 budget projected for the next fiscal year. 

The school district, according to the school district’s business manager Lisa Strawn, will receive 62 percent or $16,711,473 of its revenue from the State of Mississippi.  This includes funding through the Mississippi Adequate Education Program, which will amount to $14.7 million.  

Strawn said, though, that if the state legislature fully funded the MAEP as it should under the law, the amount would be $16,252,942, more than $1.5 million than it would actually receive.  She said that, from 2009 to 2020, the district has lost almost $15,473,476 million due to underfunding.

Twenty-seven percent, or $7.1 million, of the district’s revenue is through local sources, including the ad valorem tax and 11 percent, or approximately $3 million is through federal sources.

Total expenditures for the school district in the 2019-2020 budget will be $26.2 million, leaving a net fund balance of just over $622,482 for the year.

Over the past five years, the district has seen an increase of 90 students in all four schools, 61 of which are attending Myrtle Attendance Center.  The district spends $8,808 per pupil, which is more than $1,200 below the state average.

The board also approved the following personnel items during the meeting:

•Approved Zachary McDonald as substitute teacher for the 2019-2020 school year

•Approved employment of Nikki Poteet as a bus driver from June 17-21. She was paid $40 per day with funds being taken from the Pre-K Readiness Camp Grant.

•Approved Sheila Farrar as SPED Bus Route Monitor at East Union for the 2019-2020 school year.

•Approved Kevin Walton to provide lawn maintenance at East Union during June and July 2019.

•Approved Amber Elder as Junior High Girls Basketball Coach at East Union for the 2019-2020 school year.

•Approved Tamara Godbold as SPED teacher at East Union for the 2019-2020 school year.

•Approved Brandon Cherry as Archery Coach at East Union for the 2019-2020 school year.

•Approved Kalicia Henderson as Assistant Volleyball Coach at East Union for the 2019-2020 school year.

•Approved Callie Basil as part-time teachers assistant at East Union for the 2019-2020 school year.

•Accepted resignation from Tona-Claire Hall as certified teacher and assistant fast pitch softball coach at Myrtle effective the end of the 2018-2019 school year.

•Approved James Baker, pending certification, as PE/Social Studies teacher and assistant high school football coach at Myrtle for the 2019-2020 school year.

•Accepted resignation from Kimberly Moore Thomas as Gifted Teacher at Myrtle effective May 24, 2019.

•Accepted resignation from Nathan Tidwell as West Union Powerlifting Coach effective the end of the 2018-2019 school year.

•Approved Crystal Cross as part-time teacher assistant at West Union for the 2019-2020 school year.

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