School board approves budget

During the regular Moore County Board of Education meeting Monday, the board approved the proposed original budget for the 2020-21 fiscal year, a move recommended by the district. The vote on the budget was 7-0.

The Moore County Board of Education learned details on the Original Budget for 2020-21 last week. According to numbers provided by district officials, there will be an increase of $6,803,789 over the Original Budget for the 2019-20 school year.

This year’s budget totals $131,550,759.

While the budget has gone up, less money will come from local sources. The Moore County Board of Commissioners has approved total funding of $31,850,000. In terms of local contribution, there’s a decrease of $739,133 when compared to last year.

The Original Budget for 2020-21 includes almost $4 million in one-time COVID response money.  There will also be step increases for teachers, assistant principals and instructional support staff. Central office or classified staff will not get an increase in salary.

Feature photo: Moore County Board of Education Vice Chair Pam Thompson at the regular board meeting Monday held at Union Pines High School. ~ Sandhills Sentinel Photographer John Patota.

~Written by Sandhills Sentinel Reporter Dave Lukow.


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