The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

Local News

August 21, 2013

County schools grant writer hire to help boost revenue

— Saying that revenues have flat-lined, the top Limestone school official plans to add a part-time grant writer to the central office staff in an effort to find additional funding sources.

Limestone Superintendent Dr. Tom Sisk described the grant writer as “an investment” during Tuesday’s board of education meeting, with the expectation the new hire will become self-supporting by bringing in grant money.

The position has not been filled, and interviews will be held next week.

“We have a number of central office employees that have written grants because they recognized that revenues have flat-lined,” said Sisk. “We’ve had outstanding people apply for this — people with a proven track record … at a later time, this could be a full-time position but we’re asking for half time.”

The grant writer will work 20 hours weekly under the supervision of Mary Robinson, director of federal programs. The part-time position will be year-round with no benefits.

Board member Charles Shoulders asked whether the grant writer could be expected to train other employees to write grants. The superintendent said the position’s primary focus would be on grant writing.

The job description adopted by the board outlines two goals for the grant writer — “to facilitate the acquisition of new money to support district initiatives” and to search out funding sources to fulfill the needs of the school district.

Budget hearing

A 15-minute budget hearing preceded the board meeting as Chief Financial Officer Jonathan Craft gave a preview of the proposed $89.9 million budget, which will take effect Oct. 1.

Among the projected expenditures of the new budget are $60.2 million for personnel, $8 million for capital outlay, nearly $3.4 million for debt services and $2.1 million for utilities.

Craft said the system, which has increased by nearly 400 students since 2008, currently has about 1,075 full-time employees. Personnel costs, including salary and benefits for 551 teachers, 378 support staff and 42 administrators, comprise almost 71.4 percent of the overall budget.

Some of the major sources of forecasted revenue are $51.9 million from the state — 63.7 percent of the budget — and $6.3 million in federal funds, while the local contribution is expected to be slightly more than $21 million.

Local funding, or 28.2 percent of the budget, is expected to include $4.1 million from ad valorem taxes and $10.8 million from county sales taxes.

The current operating budget is $80.3 million. In March, the board approved a two-phase, $26.1 million capital improvement plan. The plan’s $13.6 million Phase I is underway, with a groundbreaking ceremony held Monday at Ardmore High School for the school’s $4.2 million new gymnasium and classrooms. The $5.4 million renovations at Clements High School are expected to begin in October.


Text Only
Local News

What is your favorite Easter candy?

Chocolate bunnies
Marshmallow chicks
Chocolate eggs with filling
     View Results
AP Video
Raw: Greeks Celebrate Easter With "Rocket War" Police Question Captain, Crew on Ferry Disaster Raw: Orthodox Christians Observe Easter Rite Ceremony Marks 19th Anniversary of OKC Bombing Raw: Four French Journalists Freed From Syria Raw: Massive 7.2 Earthquake Rocks Mexico Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Raw: Church Tries for Record With Chalk Jesus Raw: Faithful Celebrate Good Friday Worldwide Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest
Twitter Updates
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Business Marquee