Concordia Parish school board adopts budget

Published 12:05am Friday, September 14, 2012

VIDALIA — The Concordia Parish School Board adopted Thursday its 2012-2013 fiscal year budget projecting it may spend more than it takes in, but that probably will not be the case, Director of Business Affairs Tom O’Neal said.

The general operating account, O’Neal said, is currently balanced. The total projected budget revenue for the 2012-2013 fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1, is $48,003,703. The total for projected expenditures is $48,713,554.

O’Neal said after the board’s meeting, he is not overly concerned about that. The budget, which he pointed out is simply a plan or tool for the coming fiscal year, includes all of the projects the school board wants to accomplish. Some of those projects may not happen in the next fiscal year, he said.

“I just went ahead and included everything the board wants to accomplish; I don’t know if all that will get done, probably not,” O’Neal said.

For example, he said, Superintendent Paul Nelson asked that funds be included in the budget for two school resource officers in Ferriday. Nelson explained during the meeting that Ferriday has not met certain requirements for those officers, so the money was included in case the requirements are met.

Another example, O’Neal said, is that the Ferriday Junior High School gym is also in need of repair, but he said he does not know if the board will repair the gym this fiscal year or if it will be more cost effective to tear it down and build a new one at a later date.

This is the fourth year in a row teachers have not gotten a raise, O’Neal said, but he said he local supplements for teachers increased for the second year in a row. Teachers will receive a $3,500 local supplement and other staff $3,300.

In other news:

  • The board recognized outstanding 4-H students who received awards.
  • Nelson named James Davis as principal of Ferriday High School.