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PRC approves budget for 2006-2006 school year

The Pearl River County School Board approved the final PRC School District budget for the 2006-2007 school year.

During a public meeting held at 6 p.m. yesterday, the school board explained to the public the implications of the budget.

Twenty-four percent of the school district’s revenues comes from local sources, 62 percent come from state sources and 14 percent comes from federal sources.

The total amount of expenditures is $22,717,585.75. The total excess deficit of revenue over expenditures is $1,690,631.13.

The fund balance as of July 1 is $7,507,135.

Dennis Penton, Superintendent of Education, said, “This year has been tough on the budget because we’ve added a lot of personnel. But we’re still trying to keep the numbers low per classroom in the elementary schools. And both our insurance premium and deductible went up to an almost criminal rate. However, I think the budget works for the mission statement of our school district.”

“We will only spend what we need to be progressive and provide a good education for the children and I think this budget does that. Overall, I’m pleased with the budget and I think it will meet the needs of our school district perfectly,” Penton said.

The Pearl River County School District also announced that it will begin interviewing qualified candidates next week for the position of Pearl River Central Middle School principal.

Penton asked the board yesterday during its 6:30 p.m. meeting to meet with him again at 5:30 p.m. on July 28 to discuss personnel issues that need to be addressed before the new school year begins in August. The board agreed to the date and time of the meeting.

In other business, the board:

— Approved financial matters.

— Approved resignations for the 2005-2006 school year.

— Approved personnel recommendations for the 2006-2007 school year.

— Approved 16th section matters.

— Approved the PRC School District Local School Wellness Policy for the 2006-2007 school year.

— Approved the IDEIA and pre-school application for the 2006-2007 school year.

— Approved private contracts for transportation of exceptional children for the 2006-2007 school year.

— Approved Jeremy Weir to use the football field for a football camp and waived the facility fee.

— Approved a fundraiser request from Jeremy Weir for an alumni football game with profit going towards funding the upcoming football season.

— Approved Jeremy Weir to use the football field for an alumni football game and waive the facility fee.

— Approved the athletic gate fees and season passes for the PRC 2006-2007 school year.

— Approved the concession stand and athletic events fees for football, basketball, soccer, baseball and softball for the PRC school district for the 2006-2007 school year.

— Approved ballgame duty for the 2006-2007 school year.

— Approved the final draft of the 2006-2007 faculty handbook.

— Approved students to be released from the PRC School District for the 2006-2007 school year.

— Approved out-of-district students to attend the PRC School District for the 2006-2007 school year.

— Approved the Sullivan family to use the McNeill auditorium for Bluegrass Gospel Singing and waive the facility fee.

_ Approved Dale Miller to use the Carriere campus cafeteria for community meetings and waive the facility fee.

— Approved the PRC High School Security Plan for the 2006-2007 school year.

— Dismissed into executive session to discuss 16th section, student, and personnel matters.