Board Passes 2013-14 Budget

The Marshall County Board of Education approved its $55.7 million budget for the 2013-14 year Tuesday, taking in an additional $5.3 million in revenue over the previous year.

According to Assistant Superintendent Wayne Simms, the additional revenue will be generated by the excess levy voters approved in December. He said $1.3 million of that revenue will fund a 3-percent raise for all Marshall County Schools employees, while another $2 million will pay for extensive renovations at John Marshall High School.

“We are renovating the whole of John Marshall,” Simms said. “We will replace the ceilings, flooring, all the restrooms, all the windows. … I’m going to say it’ll be a 60 percent renovation of the building.”

The remaining $2 million from the levy will go toward the new Cameron High School for retainage fees, or paying contractors a portion of the cost of construction that was withheld until the project was completed, he said.

The 2013-14 budget will be sent to Charleston for approval in the coming weeks. No comments were presented from the public at the meeting.

In addition, the board approved implementing the Community Eligibility Option in all schools in Marshall County to provide free breakfast and lunch for all students regardless of income. According to Debbie Derico, child nutrition director, the federal initiative will also eliminate the requirement for a student to apply for free meals.

“Children in the county are hungry,” Derico said. “This provides them good nutrition. We want children to come and learn.”