The Clarke County Supervisors have approved a request by Clarke County Public Schools to carry forward $151K of unspent funds from the districts 2010 school budget. The carryover request was unanimously approved with Supervisor Pete Dunning absent from the vote.
The carryover funds will be spent to address maintenance, safety and health, technology and school board administration requirements. In the event that the actual line items expenditures come in at less cost than expected the remaining funding will be used for playground equipment at Boyce Elementary and Cooley Elementary playgrounds.
Prior to approving the carryover request the Supervisors expressed their support for the school’s spending plans. Supervisor Chairman Michael Hobert (Berryville) note that the majority of funding will be spent on laptop technology and wireless access to school networks, areas where CCPS has historically been weak.
“Superintendent Murphy’s explanation today of how the funds will be used was very thorough,” said Supervisor David Weiss (Buckmarsh).
The approved budget carryover includes $9K for software and hardware to support “BoardDocs,” an automated software system used to manage board information packets. According to the BoardDocs website “As the pioneer of eGovernance solutions, BoardDocs has helped over 400 organizations dramatically reduce costs, increase transparency and reduce the time spent producing board packets by up to 75 percent. Because BoardDocs solutions are so easy to use, your organization will operate more effectively from day one.”
The CCPS system currently distributes its school board information packets in paper format while Clarke County government distributes its board packets through its website in PDF format.
School Superintendent Dr. Michael Murphy told the Supervisors that BoardDocs will provide improved online access to school information by staff and citizens.
View the CCPS FY 10 capital carryover request: