Bray-Doyle prepares for funding cuts

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By Todd Brooks
Mar 14, 2013 - 8:56:33 AM

The Bray-Doyle School District will be looking to tighten its fiscal belt the remainder of the school year hoping to soften the blow of expected cuts for the coming year.
Superintendent David Eads informed the school board at its regular meeting on Monday, during his financial report, the district could see significant upcoming cuts.
A perfect storm of a drop in enrollment plus expected state and federal cuts will mean less money for the district.
Bray-Doyle is in the final year of its three-year high in enrollment, which will take money off the top before cuts even take place.
“We’re looking at a $243,000 cut before school starts due to a drop in enrollment,” Eads said. “They are talking about a five to 10 percent cut in state and that would mean a loss of $42,000 if it is five percent and $84,000 if it is 10 percent.
“Because of sequester, federal funds could be cut five to 10 percent. We have two aides and three teachers we are paying with federal funds. If we have cuts, we will have to pay the rest out of the general fund,” he said.
Eads estimated the cuts to being between $4,000 and $8,000.
“I found some area we could cut all but $40,000 for next year,” Eads said. “I can’t go into specifics yet.”
Board President Larry Osborne asked how long it has been known the cuts would need to take place.
“I knew definitively about 2 1/2 to three weeks ago,” Eads said. “I had suspected much longer than that, but I didn’t know for sure until we got the weighted formula (which deals with enrollment figures).”
Eads said the board needs to make sure there is a $350,000 to $400,000 carryover from this year to make sure next year runs as smoothly as possible.
“If we don’t have the carryover and have all the cuts, we won’t be able to make payroll the first month,” he said.
Eads did say one area of change needed is in athletics where teams will have to be more self-supporting next year.
“It’s not just us, every district is going through this,” Eads said.
The board also heard from roofing contractor Taylor King on the progress of the new roofs being put on all the campus buildings.
“We are two months behind,” King said. “That has a lot to do with getting payments from the insurance company and getting with the fire marshal. We are about a third of the way through. We had planned to be done at the end of March, but it will be the end of May.”
Kayla Abshire, a parent, approached the board about starting a Parent Teacher Association (PTA). She said they looked at both the PTA and Parent Teacher Organization (PTO), and felt the PTA was the best fit.
“The PTA offers local training, and they also have training at the state and national level,” she said.
In other business, the board:
  • Approved Greg Justus Mechanical to do the trenching work for intercom installation at a cost of $5,995 and approved Cable Connectors to do the intercom installation for a price of $25,191.42.
  • Approved an event sponsored by the National Honor Society/Stephens County Sheriff’s Department and Oklahoma Highway Patrol.
  • Tabled a measure for buying new coolers for the school kitchen until more bids could be received.
  • Approved one transfer into the district.
  • Approved the career tech contract.
  • Approved John Bailey as a volunteer softball coach pending a background check.
  • Approved three fundraisers.
  • Decided not to hire anyone for a janitorial position at this time.