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|State Budget Still Affects Knoxville School District, Although Not as Bad
|The state budget now that it's been resolved likely won't give the Knoxville School District as much money as it got last year, but it's apparently going to be a lot better than it was just a month ago.
Distirct-202 Superintendent Larry Carlton told the Knoxville School Board Wednesday night that he's already had to make some pretty sizeable changes to the district's tentative budget -- final approval of which will come next month -- following Governor Pat Quinn's signing of the state budget.
Carlton says there are still some cuts, but they're not as deep as he thought they might be. "Originally, pre-school was cut in half. The tentative budget in June was showing about $30,000. It's been reinstated to 90%, or, about $62,000," Carlton said. "Reading improvement was originally cut in half, from $34,000 to $17,000. It's now reinstated at 90%, so it's about $27,000."
Carlton says all in all, that adds up to a per-pupil spending level of around $6,100 for the district.
Carlton says he was originally planning nearly $600,000 to put into the expansions at Mable Woolsey Elementary School, but now can move that up to $685,000 due to the other budget changes, with the rest being paid for with bonds.
The District-202 board Wednesday night agreed to look at a number of methods to distribute a survey to residents and parents to see if they'd be interested in a possible co-op with Williamsfield Schools in sports, but tabled the proposed addition of a Junior High Wrestling program in order to wait for more research.
The board also approved allowing one student to compete in I.H.S.A. swimming competitions, and would represent the district at state if he were successful.
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