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Washington County Board of Education briefs

October 02, 2012

Schools get financial clean bill of health
Washington County Public Schools received a clean opinion from its audit by Smith Elliott Kearns & Co. for the fiscal year that ended June 30, accounting officials told the Board of Education on Tuesday.
The school system had $230.3 million in total net assets, according to financial highlights in the audit report.
The school system’s overall revenues of $309.7 million were $2.4 million more than expenses, the audit report states.
The net assets of business-type activities, such as food service, decreased by about 9 percent, the report states. Revenues for those activities were $11 million, which was less than the expenses at $11.2 million.

Public hearing on next school budget set for March
The Washington County Board of Education’s public hearing on its proposed budget for the fiscal year starting July 1, 2013, is scheduled for March 5, according to a budget schedule the board approved Tuesday by a 5-2 vote.
The calendar reflects a later date than recent calendars for receiving the state aid report, which reflects state revenues for the school system, Chief Financial Officer Chris South said. It’s more realistic to expect the state aid report in late January rather than early January, he said.
Board members Donna Brightman and Karen Harshman voted against approving the budget calendar.
Brightman had proposed the board have a budget work session with its budget advisory committee and County Citizens Advisory Council. When there didn’t appear to be support for that motion, she withdrew it.
Harshman said after the meeting that she liked Brightman’s idea of inviting the two advisory groups to a budget work session.
Harshman said she thinks the board does not use its advisory committees to its advantage and those groups need to give the board more input, face to face.

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— Julie E. Greene

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