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Ordinance would adopt municipal schools budget for 2015 fiscal year

By Bill ShortFlag City Logo

The Millington Board of Mayor and Aldermen has unanimously passed an ordinance on first reading that would adopt the municipal school system’s budget for the 2015 fiscal year.
Board members took the action during their Sept. 8 regular monthly meeting on a motion offered by Alderman Mike Caruthers and seconded by Alderman Thomas McGhee.
The proposed ordinance is scheduled for a public hearing and final reading at the board’s Oct. 13 meeting.
During discussion shortly before the vote, City Finance Director John Trusty noted that the board adopted only the school system’s General Purpose Fund when it approved the city’s budget. It also adopted a separate resolution in the belief that it would have to “physically transmit” that to the Tennessee Board of Education.
Trusty said the state board now allows municipalities to “register online and certify” that the Board of Mayor and Aldermen did adopt the school system’s budget. But the certification also refers to the Central Cafeteria Fund and the School Federal Projects Fund.
Trusty said the board must now approve those two funds, so it can certify that to the state.
He noted that, at its Sept. 2 meeting, the Millington School Board adopted some amendments to its budget, which the city board also has to approve. Final passage of the proposed ordinance would accomplish both tasks.
Bruce Rasmussen, supervisor of Fiscal Services for the school system, said it is getting about $352,000 from the Shelby County Education Fund to establish two additional Pre-K classes. It also got an $80,000 grant from the state for “consolidated school health” and will receive an additional $8,000 in state and federal funds.
Rasmussen said the Federal Projects Fund, which is “basically new,” will enable the school system to spend the $1.1 million that the Shelby County Commission authorized for repair of the roof on the Millington Central High School Gymnasium and the Freshmen Academy.
Based on the Millington district’s Average Daily Attendance student population, he said it will receive a “percentage” of the $54 million that the county budgeted for capital improvements projects in the schools.
Although he expects the district to receive approximately $800,000, Rasmussen said the exact percentage will not be determined until next month.
“We went ahead and budgeted for that,” he noted. “So, if we have projects that come up, we can go ahead and spend on those.”
Rasmussen said that, as it receives the bills for the roof repair, the district will submit them to the county school system and the county commission.
“They hope to reimburse us within 10 days or so,” he noted. “We’re working it out so it’ll be a quick reimbursement before we have to pay those bills up front for the roofs.”
Alderman Bethany Huffman said she wanted to make sure that the county commission will not have to take any further action for the city to receive this funding.
“We didn’t approve any other capital funds,” she acknowledged. “So, there’s nowhere else for this money to come from if it doesn’t come from the county.”

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