The Beaufort County School District has begun planning its 2016-2017 budget, which will be finalized and adopted in mid-June.
The district’s greatest challenges in crafting the budget will be supporting the opening of May River High School in Bluffton, maintaining class sizes and expanding services for foreign-language and special needs, according to a presentation superintendent Jeff Moss delivered Friday during a school board work session.
In 2015, County Council approved a budget of $203 million for the district.
The previous year, the district received about $193.2 million from local, state and federal revenue and other funding sources, according to Moss and Phyllis White, the district’s chief finance and operations officer.
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That was about $3.6 million more than County Council budgeted for the district.
Dates to watch
- March 31- The school board’s finance and operations committee meets for a preliminary budget presentation.
- April 8 - The full board discusses the preliminary budget at a work session.
- April 19 - The full board discusses the budget at a regular board meeting.
- April-May- The board presents to Beaufort County Council’s finance committee.
- May 5 - The board holds a public forum at Bluffton High School.
- May 9 - The board holds a public forum at Battery Creek High School.
- May 17 - The board certifies the budget at a regular board meeting.
- May 9 and 23 - Beaufort County Council discusses the school district’s budget.
- June 13 - Beaufort County Council adopts the school district’s budget.
- Dates presented to the Beaufort County school board Feb. 5 by superintendent Jeff Moss