Polk County Board of Education receives budget update
Published 11:19 am Wednesday, April 13, 2022
The Polk County Board of Education received 2022-2023 finance updates during their annual budget work session held on Monday, April 11. Superintendent Aaron Greene and Finance Officer Debbie Lovelace provided updates on the District’s fiscal status, anticipated funding allotments for the upcoming year, enrollment trends, and ongoing facilities needs. The need for significant funding for facilities improvements and capital projects was emphasized, as were rising personnel and operational costs. The Board approved the annual District Budget Resolution for local operations and capital funding for 2022-2023 during their regular meeting later in the evening.
Other business conducted by the Board:
- The Board approved the selection of Pinnacle Architecture to lead the District’s Tryon Elementary Preschool addition project, and the use of state-provided capital funding for resurfacing Polk County High School’s track.
- The Board voted to declare several lots of retired equipment surplus and ready for sale, and they accepted bids for food service vendors for the upcoming year.
- A budget amendment and a one-time bonus for Assistant Principals similar to those given to Principals were approved by the Board
- The Board approved academic calendars for the 2022-2023 and 2023-2024 school years
- Assistant Superintendent Dave Scherping provided an update on the Spring “end-of-year” testing and the ongoing HVAC work at Polk County High School
- Superintendent Aaron Greene updated the Board on current COVID status in the schools and the Board voted unanimously to continue with optional masking and its current approach to the handling of cases
The next Polk County Board of Education Meeting will be held on May 9, 2022 at 6:30 p.m. at Stearns Education Center.