Maryville City Schools pass 2008 budget

The Maryville City School Board unanimously approved the 2007-2008 final school budget in preparation for next year’s budget.

The budget was altered to show actual revenues and expenditures. Due to an increase in the state’s Basic Education Program, property taxes and USDA revenues, the budget has an extra $197,428.

Plans for the 2008-2009 budget has cuts, but there are only a few that will affect students and teachers.

Teachers may be losing the current dental program, which is scheduled to end September. Stephanie Thompson, director of schools, said the program may be saved. She said the board may be able to keep a portion of the plan. “We have time to play with it,” she said.

Students will also feel the budget crunch with an increase in cafeteria food prices. Early this summer, the board approved the additional increase in food costs due to an transportation and food expenses. Thompson said she thought the increase was needed but did not want to raise it more.

The board also received an update from Johnson Architecture and the progress on the new intermediate school. Barry Brooke, vice president for property development and management firm Lawler Wood, assured the board that planning would finish soon and construction is scheduled to start in Spring 2010.

Until then, a new committee was formed to create the name for the new intermediate school. The committee members are John Sevier Elementary School principal Rick Wilson, Maryville Intermediate School principal Jan Click, Janie Fields, Shaina Cutler, a parent; board chairman Carolyn McAmis; Sally McNeil, Assistant Director of Schools Mike Winstead, Richard Harbison, executive director for the Maryville Public Building Authority; Maryville Schools Director of Communications Sharon Anglim and Thompson.

The next school board meeting will be Aug. 11 at John Sevier Elementary.

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