The Beaufort-Jasper Academy for Career Excellence board has decided to seek legal advice after the Beaufort County School District voted last week to reduce the amount of money it gives the academy.
A unanimous vote Thursday night authorized ACE board chairwoman Alina Hamilton-Clark to contact the S.C. School Boards Association to determine if the county can reduce its contribution.
"The (state) legislation is set up to say that Beaufort County will pay two-thirds of the expenses and Jasper County will pay one-third, so how can Beaufort County renege on that?" asked ACE board member Tedd Moyd, who also serves on the Jasper County school board.
Beaufort County superintendent Jeff Moss said the district is not reneging and can decide how much it will contribute.
ACE approved a roughly $3.7-million budget for next fiscal year, with $1.2 million to be funded by Jasper County and $2.3 million from Beaufort County. The rest comes from state and federal funding.
However, the Beaufort County board decided to provide only $2.1 million to the school. The board has said it has the authority to set the amount it will contribute. The board can't tell ACE how to spend that money.
Hamilton-Clark has been directed to organize a meeting with the association and the full ACE board before the board's June 27 retreat.
BJACE Budget Presentation
- School board certifies $192.9M district budget; reduces contribution to ACE, May 22, 2014
- Split votes leave school district, ACE budgets undecided, May 20, 2014
- Board's finance committee recommends rejecting ACE budget, May 13, 2014
- Questions still loom over ACE budget, school board members say, May 6, 2014