Timing of increase
The LCWSA met with county school officials in October to discuss the increase, which will not take effect until an agreement has been reached. They will negotiate again Jan. 10 in an administrative session that will include Cook, Sisk, Limestone County Schools Chief Financial Officer Jonathan Craft and School Board President Bret McGill.
“They have a genuine desire to work with us, but their backs are against the wall because they are operating at a loss … personally, I’d like to pay like any other customer,” Sisk said. “Had they brought this to us before we made our board budget, we probably could have accounted for it.”
The increase is expected to take effect during the 2012-13 fiscal year, which runs from October to September for both entities.
“We’d like to get it done as soon as possible, but we’re cognizant of the fact of their budget already being set — ours is already set, too,” Cook said. “We hope to have it incrementally (increased) before then (October 2013).
“We know they have a new superintendent and their budget is fixed. We’re not trying to gouge them — we’re just trying to cover costs.”