The good news, said Business Manager George Murphy, is that sales tax collections for August were greater than what he had originally budgeted, and that should that trend continue, he would recommend that a “15th check” again be paid at the end of the school year to employees.
Formerly, two bonus checks have been paid for the past several years. A third bonus check was paid at the end of last school year.
Said Murphy, “We’ve got it budgeted to have a 15th check. But it’s all based on whether the money comes in.”
The bad news is that the medical benefits budget is still in the red. Year to date, the fund has a $1.1 million deficit, and that may require a premium increase, Murphy said.
“So far, we haven’t had to change the premiums, but that may be on the table next,” said Murphy.
Accountability/Testing/School Improvement Coordinator Donna Doss reported on district graduation rates, and said that Ruston High School had a rate of 87%; Simsboro, 95%; Choudrant High, 100%.
Assistant Superintendent Mary Null reported that the district has over 6,400 students enrolled as of August 31.