06/03/14 — Board OKs budget

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Board OKs budget

By Phyllis Moore
Published in News on June 3, 2014 1:46 PM

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Patricia Burden, right, retired administrator and former principal of Goldsboro High School, attends her first meeting as a Board of Education member Monday night after being sworn in to fulfill the unexpired term of the late Thelma Smith. At left is Dr. Steve Taylor, superintendent of Wayne County Public Schools.

The Wayne County Board of Education approved a $45 million interim budget for the school district Monday night, as well as 19 contracts valued at $1.7 million for assorted school projects.

The proposed interim budget for 2014-15 is to carry the school system through the summer months, or at least until the state approves its budget. The amount represents $29.9 million in state funding, $6.9 million from local sources, $4.7 million in federal dollars, $1 million in capital outlay and $2.5 million for child nutrition.

Adopting an interim budget has become common in recent years as the state awaits approval of appropriations and allotments.

Nan Barwick, assistant superintendent for finance with Wayne County Public Schools, typically calculates a quarter of what is needed in the annual budget to allow the district to meet operational expenses in the meantime.

The following is a listing of the contracts approved at this month's meeting.

From maintenance funds, $241,750 was awarded to Carolina Environmental for a 2014 trash truck.

From capital outlay funds:

* $14,000 for Ken Stanley Co., in Franklinville, for inspection of gym bleachers and backstops for 2014

* $11,740 to Central Heating and A/C in Kinston for replacing five inline pumps and associates valves, thermometer wells and boiler drains, plus reconnection of electrical and control wiring at Fremont STARS Elementary School

* $27,695 to Court One for repairs and resurfacing six tennis courts at Spring Creek High

* $14,315 to Convenient Glass for replacing two sets of doors and hall windows near the cafeteria at Mount Olive Middle School

* $115,496 to Wayne Roofing for installation of a modified built-up roof system on the ROTC building at Eastern Wayne High

* $36,419 to Jackson and Sons for replacement of heat pumps on the cafeteria and home ec building at Eastern Wayne Middle School

* $64,265 to Carolina Phone and Alarm for installation of new fire alarm system to include mobile units and gym, plus connection to monitoring system at Mount Olive Middle

* $118,500 to Modular Solutions for the relocation of a modular unit from Norwayne to Edgewood, with two sections being stored at the maintenance department

* $23,850 to KBS Construction Co. for replacing hydromatic pumps and control panels at Spring Creek High

* $28,500 to Weeks Electric Co. to replace hydromatic pumps and control panels and check and plug valves at Eastern Wayne Elementary

* $35,702 to Seven Oaks Hardware for hardware and replacement of 10 sets of entrance doors at Meadow Lane Elementary

* $39,355 to Southern Piping Co., Inc. for replacing water heater and two burners at Norwayne Middle

* $132,240 to Barnhill Contracting Co. to patch and resurface driveway and student parking lot by the track and football field at Eastern Wayne High

From state funds, $10,000 was approved for Nicki Artis for school resource officer services at Wayne School of Engineering for 2014-15, $38,838 to the city of Goldsboro for the school resource officer contract for the 2014-15 school year, and $310,000 to the Wayne County Sheriff's Office for the upcoming school year school resource officer contract.

Local funds will be used for contracts to Utica National Insurance, for $212,629, paying worker's compensation for employees in locally funded positions for 2014-15, and $183,518 to Surry Insurance for general liability insurance for 2014-15.

The only discussion of contracts centered around the purchase of the trash truck.

Mrs. Barwick said it was felt to be cost-effective in districtwide recycling.

"We did go the contracting route this year. It was a total disaster," she told the board, explaining there had been a lot of trash piling up on various campuses around the county.

The cost for the district to purchase extra dumpsters ran around $30,000 each, while the a contract for trash pickup was $162,000, she said.