Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Jacksonville board members get first look at 2008 budget


JACKSONVILLE — Board of education members Tuesday night got their first look at the 2008 budget — a roughly $13 million proposal that represents a $2.3 million increase from the $10.7 million budget for 2007.

About $8 million will go toward financing instruction with some $2 million used for funding institutional support staff, such as technology instructors and assistant principal positions.

Operation and maintenance costs round out the top three with $805,082 budgeted, most of which will go toward paying the power bill, according to Superintendent Eric Mackey.

Transportation, child nutrition and administrative costs account for other spending with $250,000 going toward debt service.

"You could say we're spending $10 million in the classroom," said Superintendent Eric Mackey, explaining that support staff account for vital academic support.

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