Monday, April 30, 2012
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LEESBURG -- Lee County School Superintendent Larry Walters had hoped to discuss the upcoming Fiscal Year 2013 budget with the School Board late Monday afternoon, but ended up rehashing old news because the state still hasn't sent the system allotment sheets that inform the system how much money it can expect from the state for the school year that starts July 1.
"We anticipated the allotment sheets from the state last week," Walters said. "We are looking for the numbers every day. We are anticipating receiving $27 million, but those numbers could be higher or lower."
Until the system receives a firm figure from the state, everything is in anticipation mode.
"Much like this year, we are anticipating 177 student days instead of 180 and teachers will have 184 work days instead of the usual 190," Walters said. "We also anticipate no raises for the fourth year in a row. That's the longest period I can remember.
"I was hoping we could talk about it this evening, but we have no firm numbers to work with."
The board did take action on one item, voting 4-0 to approve a $150,000 bid by Leesburg firm Your Lady/Pronet to upgrade the system's telephone system.
Walters later added that he has made preliminary contact with engineers to upgrade, if not to replace, the track at Lee County High School.