School District Returns 5 Days to School Year
With school scheduled to begin in less than a month, Lincoln County School District officials have great news: five days will be added back to the 2012-2013 school calendar.
“I am thrilled beyond words,” says LCSD Superintendent Tom Rinearson. “Our teachers and staff do such important work, and our children deserve the best education we can give them. It’s great to start the new year on a high note by adding back some of the cut days.”
Three main things contributed to the increase of available funds for the five extra days: lower than expected unemployment costs, lower than expected average teacher salaries, and greater than expected ending fund balance. The calendar will be revised to show just five cut days, and it will be posted at the school district’s website when approved. The new calendar will not impact dates for school registration, first day of school, or school breaks.
Credit goes to district-level team members “who did a great job managing resources and monitoring funds,” Rinearson said. “I really appreciate their efforts and thank them for making this possible.”
Budgeting is an ongoing and fluid process, he said. Typically, the district begins preparing the budget for the next school year in December. A proposed budget is presented to the budget committee in May, and the school board adopts it before the end of the fiscal year (June 30). However, year-end financials, which often take several weeks to wrap up, give a more accurate picture of the school district’s financial situation. So, five more days of instruction for Lincoln County School students.