The Commerce Board of Education’s quest for financial solvency continues.
The school board voted Monday night to approve a tentative FY15 budget of $12 million it hopes will leave the school system with $775,000 in reserves when the school year ends on June 30, 2015, enabling the system to return to a 180-day instructional calendar the following year.
“There were two things we wanted to do,” reminded superintendent Joy Tolbert, “build up the fund balance and get the days back for the students and the employees. That is terribly, terribly important.”
But it won’t happen next school year. The 2014-15 school year calendar calls for 174 days of instruction and 180 days for employees. Prior to the Great Recession, the standard was 180 days of instruction and 190 days for employees.