Carroll budget reflects high enrollment

09/02/2014 8:46 AM

09/02/2014 8:48 AM

The Carroll Independent School District’s 2014-15 budget includes more revenue than originally estimated because of higher than expected enrollment.

The board of trustees unanimously adopted a $89 million budget Aug. 18 for the fiscal year that begins Sept. 1, about $9 million more than last year’s budget. The revised estimate will reduce an expected deficit from $2.7 million to $2.5 million.

The district expects 154 new students, 51 of those from open enrollment, for a total of 7,966 students compared to last year’s 7,812.

In response to the student increase, the district added four teacher positions before classes started: first grade teachers at Walnut Grove and Carroll elementary schools, a fourth grader teacher at Carroll Elementary School and a kindergarten teacher at Rockenbaugh Elementary School.

“One thing you hate to do is start school and then break up a class of kids,” superintendent David Faltys said.

The board approved 3 percent salary increases earlier this month.

The district expects to possibly eliminate the deficit with $2.5 million owed to Carroll by the state.

“Depending on when some of the earned revenues actually hit, it’s more than likely we’ll be able to negate that deficit,” Robb Welch, assistant superintendent for financial services, has said.

The district hopes to adopt its tax rate of $1.40 per $100 assessed value, which it has had since 2012, in early September.

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