Board proposes $253.9 million budget

Published 7:47 pm Thursday, August 18, 2011

By KATIE COLE / Lifestyles Editor

The Shelby County Board of Education proposed an approximately $253.9 million budget for fiscal year 2011 during its Aug. 18 board meeting.

Gary McCombs, assistant superintendent of finance, said the proposed budget could change as enrollment numbers and school projects are finalized.

McCombs said the proposed budget provides for possible budget cuts by the state. Projected revenues for fiscal year 2011 are $260 million.

“Overall, the budget provides a stable condition for the board,” he said.

The board oversees 38 school sites within the county.

Projected enrollment from the first three days of school is 28,171 students, an increase of 393 from the previous year.

The school board will hold a second public budget hearing at Oak Mountain High School on Sept. 15 at 6 p.m.

In other business, the board also approved an $11.7 million bid to Blalock Building Company for additions and renovations at Calera Middle School, formerly Shelby Academy.

The board bought the property, which includes 34 acres, a school building with 16 classrooms and several other buildings, in March 2011 for $1.3 million. Calera Middle School is slated to open in the fall of 2012.