NCCS approves $31.5M budget

Newton-Conover City Schools Board of Education approved its $31.5 million budget during a Monday work session at Central Office.
The 2010-11 budget was a slight increase from last year's $30 million budget. The increase was not related to the school system receiving additional funding, according to Carmen Houston, NCCS finance director.
Houston said additional money showing up in this year's budget is the remaining federal money received last year for the Education Job Fund, which is to pay school-based salaries.
Houston said there was a small increase in the district's average daily membership (ADM), so the Catawba County government increased school funding. The ADM at the time used for funding purposes was 2,911. To date, NCCS' ADM is 2,903.
Houston said the ADM will fluctuate, but unless it's a drastic decrease or increase, the funding from the state and local governments will not change.
"We are pretty stable (in our budget)," Houston said. "(The school staff) has been running real lean. We will be on a funding cliff next year, and it will be a little more difficult (to prepare a budget)."
The budget was unanimously approved by board members present at Monday's meeting.
NCCS Board of Education will meet at 7 p.m. Oct. 11 at the 1924 Courthouse. The meeting is open to the public.