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School board OK’s preliminary budget including security upgrades, gym improvements, more

The Barrington School District Board of Education agreed Wednesday night to send the 2013-2014 budget to the Camden County Board of Education for approval before presenting it to the community in a special meeting at 7:30 p.m. March 26.

Woodland_School_3_no_dateThe budget increases within the 2 percent cap set by the state, meaning there will be no public vote needed before final approval.

During the meeting, district Business Administrator Samuel L. Dutkin went over some of the highlights of the spending plan:

–No cuts will be made to programs or staff

— New computers will be purchased as part of the rotating program to maintain updated technology throughout the district.

— A new scoreboard will be installed at the Woodland School gym.

— The floor of the Woodland gym will be sanded down, repainted and reglossed.

— Keyless entry systems will be finalized at both schools to improve security. Lock replacement at Woodland also will be completed.

— A greenhouse will be installed at Woodland School to allow for new educational opportunities at the school. Board members discussed the possibility of students eating vegetables they grow and/or growing flowers that could be delivered to senior citizens in the borough.

— The budget reduced the amounts expected from certain federal grants based on expected reductions after the sequester in Washington, D.C. Should these grants return at 100 percent, the district will have the opportunity for further upgrades.

The next regular school board meeting is at 7:30 p.m. Monday, followed by the public hearing on the budget at 7:30 p.m. March 26.

DISCLAIMER

The author of the Barrington Bulletin, Mark Correa, is also a member of the Barrington School District Board of Education as of Jan. 6, 2013. Please be aware that I do not speak for the board in any way. The thoughts, views and opinions contained within the posts on this site are mine and mine alone. And the comments after any given posts are the thoughts, views and opinions of the author of the comment.

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3 comments on “School board OK’s preliminary budget including security upgrades, gym improvements, more

  1. Andrea
    March 7, 2013

    I think the greenhouse is an excellent idea. It combines science, health and community involvement.

  2. G Gallen
    March 8, 2013

    Maybe the school system could partner with Home Depot/Lowes to help defray the costs of the green house, as well as plants to grow and materials.

  3. Pingback: School board to honor students of the month during meeting tonight | Barrington Bulletin

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