Despite a dire economic crisis affecting school districts statewide, the Carrollton Board of Education was able to hold the 2011 millage rate to 17.19 for the sixth straight year while maintaining the same level of services and programs for students. However, in 2012 the board voted an increase of 2 mills to 19.19, primarily to offset revenue shortfalls created by a declining local tax digest and continued reductions in state funding. The board has held that rate for past two fiscal cycles.
Dr. Kent Edwards, superintendent, said the Carrollton Board of Education’s desire to protect jobs, avoid reducing the number of school days, maintain class sizes and to continue support of the arts resulted in creative budgeting on the part of the school system and its respective schools. While a few jobs were lost through attrition, the majority of the deficit was made up with employee pay reductions across the board.
The overall budget the board approved for FY14 totals $40,697,279 with 74 percent earmarked for instruction. Above right are print-friendly copies of supporting documents.