Education officials mull budget

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By Beth Braden

CAMPBELL COUNTY—The Campbell County Board of Education mulled over 14 points in its most recent budget workshop on April 23. Among plans to save money for the 2013-14 school year are measures to consolidate bus routes, restructure staffing at the central office, implement online payments for student lunches and consider rejoining the Clinch-Powell Education Cooperative, a head-start program. The board will also deal with dwindling Race to the Top funds as the program comes to an end at the end of the 2013-14 year.
Other goals for the budget include providing additional ACT prep classes and advanced high school classes, updating technology, and increasing the staff at the East LaFollette Learning Academy.
Director of Schools Donnie Poston hopes to have the budget finalized by the regularly scheduled June meeting on June 11. The board will convene for its May meeting at 6 p.m. on May 14 at the courthouse in Jacksboro.