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Students return to classwith state test looming

Facing the worst winter weather in decades and a dwindling number of built-in snow days, the Johnson County Board of Education met on Thursday in the conference room of the Johnson County Office building for the regular January meeting. With respect to the conservation of instructional days, the board approved changing Monday, January 18, 2010 from a scheduled “vacation” day to a full instructional day.
“Students in all grades also now will attend school on Monday, which they originally were going to have off for Martin Luther King Jr. Day,” said Morris Woodring, Director of Schools. “We plan to focus attention on getting back into a rhythm because instruction will be crucial in upcoming tests such as the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) Achievement Test, which is administered each spring.
After the consent agenda, which included an overnight fieldtrip for student board members to attend Student Congress on Policies in Education (SCOPE) in Nashville coming up in March along with budget amendments.
In regard to policy revisions, the board began official review of Section 2 – Fiscal Management – of the Board Handbook.
In other action the board approved the road extension for the Construction Technology Education (CTE) subdivision.
School Finance Coordinator Russell Robinson reported December marks the middle of the 2009-2010 budget cycle. The school department at the end of December was approximately 40.26% of appropriations expended in the general purpose school budget. According to Robinson sales tax for the month of December 2009 was up $812 over prior year and December is the first time this fiscal year that monthly collections are over prior year in a month-to- month comparison. Overall sales tax collections, however, are down $95,062.00 over prior year since the start of this fiscal year. Property tax for the month of December 2009 was down $38,323.00 over prior year in a month-to-month comparison. “January, February and March on average are the larger collection months with regard to property tax,” said Robinson.
Head Start is now completing the closure of the fiscal year 2009 budget cycle. Funding levels for the 2010 fiscal year are anticipated to be $508,042.00.
Budget preparations will soon begin for the 2010-2011 fiscal year. “Several areas for possible increases are health insurance, unemployment, workers’ compensation and liability insurance premiums,” reported Robinson. “These increases are unknown at this time. Employer retirement contribution rates for the 2010-2011 fiscal year will certainly increase.”
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