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School Board approves Child Nutrition Budget, latest General Fund revisions

By Bill ShortMillington Schools logo

The Millington School Board has unanimously approved its Child Nutrition Budget and the latest revisions in its General Fund Budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year.
Board members took both actions during a May 28 special called meeting.
The Child Nutrition Budget is $1,078,120, and the latest revised General Fund budget is $22,869,113. Both must also be approved by the Board of Mayor and Aldermen and included in the city’s budget for the upcoming fiscal year, which begins on July 1.
Shortly before the votes, Dr. David Roper, superintendent of the municipal school system, discussed the main categories of the Child Nutrition Budget.
He said lunch payments by adults are estimated to generate $30,000 in revenue. Along with $10,000 from adults buying breakfast and $20,000 from “a la carte purchases,” that amounts to a total of $60,000.
In response to a question by board member Cody Childress, Roper said “a la carte” is for students who choose to get “something extra” above the regular breakfast or lunch.
Regarding U.S. Department of Agriculture funds received through the state, he said the figure he considers “most accurate” is $1,018,120.
So, adding all those categories together results in total estimated revenue of $1,078,120.
Citing estimated expenditures, Roper said four cafeteria managers are projected to cost $138,782, while part-time cafeteria workers will be $264,176.
Noting that the school board has approved the Inter-Local Agreement portion of Shared Services under Child Nutrition, the superintendent said that amount is $29,912. Expenditures for the food supplies are estimated at $472,725 and food service equipment at $4,000.
“Total expenditures are projected to be $1,060,918,” he said, “which would result in revenue over expenditures of $17,202.”
Noting that the Millington school system will be operating under the Community Eligibility Program, Roper said that will be a “very big advantage” for the district.
“It will result in a benefit, not just for students who otherwise would have been ineligible for free and reduced lunches,” he said. “Under the Community Eligibility Program, all students enrolled in our schools will be eligible.”
In response to a question by board Vice Chairman Don Holsinger, Roper said it is his understanding that the current employees in the four cafeterias have expressed the desire to remain part of the Millington schools.
But because of “changing enrollment patterns,” he acknowledged that some of the part-time cafeteria workers will likely be moved from one school to another. He said he is attempting to “balance” the needs for managers and workers with what the USDA will fund.
In response to a question by board Chairman Greg Ritter, the superintendent said the allocation for food supplies is an estimate based on the person in Shared Services who will be coordinating that.
“There will be major vendors whom that person will be working with for the purchasing of the commodities in great bulk,” Roper noted. “And then, the cooking will be done in the cafeterias.”
Turning to the General Fund Budget, the superintendent cited the adjustments that have been made in Shelby County property and sales tax revenue.
The allocation from the current property tax is $6,392,052, along with $251,727 from the county trustee’s collections during previous years, and $114,176 from payments in lieu of taxes. Those line items amount to a total of $6,757,955.
Roper said the new amount under the county’s Local Option Sales Tax is $2,550,564.
“So, in total local county taxes,” he noted, “we’re going from $9,043,000 to $9,308,519. That’s an increase in estimated county revenue of $265,052.”
Based on Millington’s student enrollment projections, Roper acknowledged that the percentage of total county revenue that will come to the city can increase or decrease.
Originally, it ranged from 1.63 to 1.94 percent. But the superintendent said his “latest and best” estimate is that Millington’s student enrollment will be equivalent to 1.84 percent of all the county revenue.
“We felt like it was important for our estimated revenue numbers to reflect our estimated student enrollment numbers,” he noted. “So, when those students actually come to us in the fall, our revenue projections will have been based on that best projection of student enrollment, instead of just a guess out of thin air.”
Roper said Millington’s projected enrollment is 2,731 students, which equates to a Weighted Full-Time Equivalent Average Daily Attendance of 1.84 percent. That results in a projected revenue increase of $265,052.
Under Estimated Expenditures, the superintendent said the allocation for 143 teachers has been increased from $7,590,000 to $7,673,259.
“We’ve added $83,000 in there for coaching supplements that will fall under that line-item category,” he noted. “And then, benefits changed slightly to accompany those amounts.”
Under the Alternative School, Roper said a part-time clerical position was deleted, and a full-time education assistant was added. So, that allocation was increased from $18,130 to $23,975.
While noting that Alternative Education Support is a new category, he said Jill Church’s salary as supervisor of both Special Education and Student Services will be “split” between the two categories.
“That’s because not all of her duties are directly related to Special Education,” he concluded. “Some of them are related to Student Services.”

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