School board holds first hearing on Fiscal Year 2021 budget

By Barry H. Hendrix
Avery Ford, chief school financial officer for the Thomasville City Schools District, hosted the first of two public hearings Aug. 25 on the Fiscal Year 2021 budget in the Thomasville High School library.
All monetary predictions for the budget are preliminary until the second budget hearing, however the budget “looks really, really good,” Ford said during the work session. Despite the pandemic, “revenues are going to hold steady.”
Preliminary figures for the General Fund budget include revenues totaling $9,823,283.00 and expenditures totaling $9,814,881.70.
Total preliminary revenues are $11,887,293.00 for FY 2021, and expenditures are $12,160,411.00. Approximately 47 percent of the expenditures are for instructional services; and 18 percent for instructional support services.
Approximately 10 percent of the budget is dedicated to operations and maintenance services, and Ford said more would be spent on those services due to safety precautions during the pandemic.
The school district will receive $6,608,456.00 from the state Foundation program. The district will provide $537,210.00 in a local 10 mill match.
The school district expects to receive $1,408,610.00 in county tax revenue, $163,000.00 from district tax revenue, $550,000.00 in district sales tax, $19,000.00 in district alcohol beverage tax, and $100,000.00 in an appropriation from the Thomasville City Council.
Projected enrollment for the 2020-2021 school year is currently set at 345 for Thomasville High School, 342 for Thomasville Middle School, and 410 for Thomasville Elementary School (including 40 pre-K students). Enrollment is down by approximately 56 students from 2019-2020, said Garth Moss, school superintendent.
There will be approximately 132.52 school system employees.
The second and final public hearing on the FY 2021 budget will be held during the next school board meeting at 6 p.m. on Sept. 8 in the THS library. The public is invited.
In other action from the Aug. 25 school board meeting, in the second week of school, Moss said the percentage of students receiving traditional or virtual instruction is essentially 50-50. Students will be able to change their mode of instruction after the first nine-week period.
Approximately 62 students have signed up for the high school’s new career tech culinary class, Moss said, and 67 students are taking dual enrollment classes through the Thomasville campus of Coastal Alabama Community College.
• The school board approved a revision to board policy on cheerleading requirements.
• A renewal was approved of the school board’s liability coverage with Risk Management. The annual renewal amount is $580.00 effective Oct. 1, 2020, through Sept. 30, 2021.
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