School board asking for opinions on proposed budget

Published 10:44 am Wednesday, February 3, 2016

At the next Franklin City School Board meeting, a public hearing will be held regarding the proposed FY2016-2017 school budget. Residents iare being urged to attend and to voice their opinions. The meeting will be on Thursday, Feb. 18, at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers, 207 W. Second Ave.

“We highly encourage you to review the budget and share your views with us. We need the involvement and assistance of all community stakeholders as we strive to provide the very best education for the children of Franklin City,” Supt. Dr. Willie Bell said.

The proposed budget allots $13,193,486 for the operating fund, $2,250,223 for the federal fund and $792,339 for the cafeteria fund. This is a 9.91 percent increase from last year’s budget in those areas.

The proposed budget also shows the expenditures by major classifications. According to the proposal, $9,871,366.22 will go to instruction, $492,117.03 will go to transportation, $641,203.42 will go to technology, $1,209,842.67 will go to operations and maintenance and $978,956.66 will go to administration.

The State Standards of Quality Revenue for FY16-17 will have an increase of $59,333.

A copy of the budget summary, including graphs and diagrams, is available at

“Thank you in advance for your continued support and commitment. It will take all of us working together to bring about positive changes for our school division,” Bell added. “We always appreciate input from our parents, teachers, students and the community concerning ideas of improving our school division. We live in an ever-changing society and want our students to be thoroughly prepared to conquer the challenges that they may encounter in college, careers or as a citizen.”