The Frankfort Independent Schools Board on Monday approved requests from Frankfort High School and Second Street School to reallocate funding for staff positions.
The funds come from the district’s Section 7 clause, which allows the district to give schools more funds than the general allocation for staffing, Superintendent Houston Barber said. The requests will not cost the district any more money than it already spends, as both schools requested a new position to replace a previous position.
Frankfort High School requested an instructional support coach to replace a computer science teacher position that the board had approved previously. Second Street School asked to turn two part-time positions into a full-time reading interventionist position.
Barber told the board that he favored both requests as they will support students. He said that the instructional support coach would work with high school students and some seventh- and eighth-grade students “to bridge the gap” and assist teachers in teaching in a 21st century classroom. The reading interventionist would help some students beyond their regular reading classes.
“We realize that we are giving a lot of additional staff to support our schools,” Barber said. “We understand it, we recognize it, but I do believe that it has built a foundation necessary for us to move forward.”
FIS Chief Financial Officer Tom Campbell also presented a preliminary school district budget for the 2019-20 fiscal year during Monday’s board meeting. Board members will review the draft before their next meeting on May 28 and send questions to Campbell and Barber. Both Campbell and Barber told the board that the budget is “conservative.” The draft proposes net general fund expenditures of about $6,640,000.
Campbell said that the school district did see some financial growth this year. The draft of the budget proposes a contingency percentage of 4.83%, or about $360,000, which is up from about 3%, Campbell said.
“If we had a contingency that was much higher, we’d have to wonder why we weren’t spending it on students,” Board Chair Jina Greathouse said in the meeting.
The next FIS board meeting will be on May 28 at 7 p.m. at Second Street School.