Demopolis BOE sets budget for 15-16 academic year

Demopolis Board of Education members approved the budget for the 2015-2016 year at a called meeting Tuesday morning.

With a beginning balance of $3,619,931, the school system projects revenues of $19,101,499 and expenditures of $21,608,261, leaving a balance of $1,113,169.

Supt. Kyle Kallhoff said there are still some unknowns as the Alabama legislature discusses taking money from the Education Trust Fund to balance the general fund.

“As always we are conservative with our revenues,” he said. “We always project low and then amend the budget in January.”

More personnel changes were approved including:

  • The resignation of Donald Drummond, ROTC instructor at Demopolis High School.
  • Hiring Dana Dossett, 4th grade teacher at U.S. Jones.
  • Substitute personnel of Malissia Davis, Echo Green, Elizabeth Cameron Bell, Lorraine Simon, Carla Hall and Flora Johnson.
  • Roy Brown, substitute for lunchroom and custodial duty.

The board approved maintenance bids with Wyatt Painting of Northport for work at Westside Elementary and USJ for a total of $75,400. Also approved was the purchase of writing textbooks for 4th and 5th graders from Zaner-Bloser with federal funds of $14,025.

The board gave the OK to a contract with Dr. Sarah B. Odom for a 14-day professional development in math for teachers at USJ, DMS and DHS.

The superintendent announced that as of the close of school Friday, Sept. 11, enrollment in Demopolis schools was 2,278, up 70 from the previous year. Enrollment at the schools are WES, 516; USJ, 517; DMS, 534, and DHS, 711.

Kallhoff said the first meeting of the Superintendent’s Advisory Council was held last week. The council is composed of two teachers and one support staff from each school selected by their principals and peers.

He said the council will be used as “a forum to bounce ideas and brainstorm on how we can do better.”

Members of the council are: WES, Tracy Stewart, Valtina Bowden and Sherron Brown; USJ, Tammy Knott, Dana Hill and Peggy Kelly; DMS, Meggin Mayben, Kim Easley-Bell and Denice Henson, and DHS, Jody Tartt, Cynthia Phillips and Dorthy Bruno.