Dothan City School Board Has Good News

By: Deanna Bettineschi Email
By: Deanna Bettineschi Email

Dothan city school board members have some good news for employees.
They have saved enough money so that they won’t have to cut any jobs this year.
Its news both school board members and employees have been waiting for.

“This is the 2012 2013 year is kind of unique in the fact that the last few years because of proration. The board has had to cut personnel but this year will be the first year in probably three or four years we have not had to do that so it was great news.” Chief financial officer for Dothan City Schools Mike Manuel said.

Cutbacks and using money sparingly played a large role in this announcement.
But that wasn’t the only thing that made board members happy.

“23 teachers had their salaries reduced 4 years ago when we were in some really bad financial times. They were reduced back down to the state salary matrix. And so that action the board took tonight will restore them back to their proper salary.”

The board also has a good amount of money in the reserve, around 12 million.

“It’s a reserve for, the board could add additional positions, it could be revenue cutbacks from the state which we've had and that would be able to just absorb those.
By law we are required to have at least one month in reserve and we have a little over 2 months right now.”

Superintendent Tim Wilder says this is one of the best board meetings they’ve had in a while.
“This board is to be commended they made some very tough decisions in the past to get to where we are now with our budget.”

He hopes future board meetings will lead to even better news.
Those 23 teachers who did have their pay reduced will see the increase in their paychecks starting this month.

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