Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

May 1, 2013

Sales tax up from last year but still short of goal

By Heather Mullinix
Assistant editor

CROSSVILLE — While sales tax revenues are coming in higher than the previous year, there is concern the revenues will fail to meet budget projects for the Cumberland County School System.

"We need an average of $714,000 for the next three months to meet the budgeted amount," Cindy Randol, BOE business manager, told the Cumberland County Board of Education in April.

April sales tax was $558,618. That's about $15,732 more than was collected last year. That brings the year-to-date collections to $5.8 million and is up $132,225 over last year's collections.

But the county has budgeted revenues of $7.95 million for the school system for the year. Last year's collections were $7.67 million.

Sales tax revenues reflect consumer activity from two months before.

During the meeting, the board approved two line-item budget amendments for the special education department, transferring a total of $844.23 from maintenance and repair, other supplies and materials, other charges and equipment to the line for instructional supplies in order to purchase a reading program for special education students.

Josh Stone, 4th District representative, moved to approve the amendment, supported by David Bowman, 7th District representative. The motion was unanimously approved.

The board also approved expenditures for additional grant funds for the Tennessee Early Intervention System program that provides services to children from birth to age three with developmental or physical disabilities. The program received an additional $11,125, to be used to increase expenditures for assistants, supplies, travel and indirect costs.

Bowman moved to approve the budget amendment, supported by Gordan Davis, 5th District representative. The motion was unanimously approved.

The board also approved continued use of the Scott Foresman reading textbooks for grades kindergarten through fifth grade.

"The teachers feel there is nothing available that's aligned with the common core standards," said Director of Schools Aarona VanWinkle. "This can meet our needs with supplements placed with it. We recommend staying with what we've got until something meets the new standards."

Stone moved to approve the textbook adoption, supported by Bowman. The motion was unanimously approved.

In other action, the board approved the following:

•South Cumberland contract with Lifetouch Photography for school pictures and yearbook.

•Cumberland County High School contract with Josten's Publishing for yearbook services.

•South Cumberland cheerleader summer camp June 19-22.

•CCHS cheerleaders to attend camp June 4-7 in Cookeville.

•Pine View Elementary Jr. Beta Club trip to Nashville May 9-10.

•Kathy Scroggins as a volunteer at CCHS.

•Cathy Barnwell, Melissa Breeding, Rebecca Hersam, Brittany Houghton and Theresa Wynn as volunteers at Martin Elementary.

•Disposal of surplus property at Homestead and South Cumberland elementary schools.

•Bid specifications for the school nutrition program.