The Franklin News-Post|
P. O. Box 250
310 Main Street, SW
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
Friday, September 13, 2013
By STACEY HAIRSTON - Staff Writer
The Franklin County School Board will ask supervisors to allow the use of $1.3 million in carryover funds from the 2012-13 fiscal year for capital needs.
The school board voted Monday night to request that the board of supervisors consider using the majority of the funds for the purchase of 12 school buses.
Ten regular buses and two special needs buses will cost the school division $1.1 million, with $64,800 of the cost coming from money the county has in reserve for bus replacement and $340,000 from the capital money from the county.
The school board's request includes $660,300 from carryover funds from the 2012-13 school year.
The second request would include $214,200 to be added to the school division's energy reserve fund, bringing the balance to $260,600. That balance is what the school division projects the cost of energy would be for the 2013-14 school year, according to Lee Cheatham, finance director for the schools.
A third request includes $220,200 for the construction of a new building for the school division's technology servers.
Currently the servers are housed in a mobile unit, which is not suitable to temperature and safety requirements for high-tech equipment. The new building would be made of concrete cinder blocks.
The cost of construction includes $20,500 for the design of the building, $38,500 for the construction site, $132,500 for the building and $28,700 for a 15-percent contingency.
The school board is also requesting $25,000 to assist Franklin County's girls' softball teams with the construction of a batting and pitching practice facility at Benjamin Franklin Middle School.
The Lady Eagles Booster Club has already raised $70,000 for the project.
Lastly, the school board is requesting $177,300 for the reserve fund for future contingencies or unforeseen projects and needs that may arise during the course of the 2013-14 school year.