School budget planning continues this month

COVINGTON -- School principals already are working on school budgets for next school year, and officials at the Newton County School System will soon begin to review them in order to prepare for the next budget cycle.

The Newton County Board of Education approved earlier this month its 2012-13 school year budget calendar.

Currently, school principals are evaluating needs and requests to turn in to the deputy superintendent's office by March 20.

Afterward, Deputy Superintendent Dennis Carpenter and the executive directors of elementary and secondary education will review them.

In March and April, Carpenter will work with the business manager to compile a preliminary budget, according to the schedule.

On April 17, Superintendent Gary Mathews plans to present the Newton County Board of Education with preliminary budget data. Earlier this month, he told the school board that he doesn't expect any major cuts for next school year since the board cut more than $8 million before this school year.

He did propose six furlough days for school staff next school year, but the board tabled the decision until later in hopes of learning more about potential revenues and expenditures.

On May 8, the superintendent plans to present a tentative budget to the school board. From May 9 through 14 and again from May 23 through June 12, the school board may hold work sessions on the tentative budget.

On May 15, the school board plans to adopt a tentative budget, but the budget can change until the board is scheduled to adopt a final budget on June 19.

From June 26 through July 17, the school board may hold public hearings related to the millage rate for next year. The board plans to adopt a millage rate on July 17.

Meetings are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. in the board room at the Newton County BOE building at 2109 Newton Drive NE in Covington.