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The Carthage Press
  • Pound elected R-9 Board president

  • The Carthage R-9 Board of Education has a new president.
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  • The Carthage R-9 Board of Education has a new president.
    Lee Elliff Pound, board vice president for the past two years, was elected president during the board's reorganization meeting, held Monday at Fairview Elementary School.
    Pound replaced Dr. Mark Westhoff, who served as president of the board for the past two years.
    Also moving were Michael Goolsby, who moved from secretary to vice president; Justin Baucom, who moved from treasurer to secretary and Tony Diggs, who was elected treasurer.
    The election of officers came after Westhoff and Justin Baucom were sworn in to new three-year terms on the board. Westhoff and Baucom had no opposition, so no election was necessary this year.
    The new officers moved into their positions and took over Monday's meeting, where they heard a report from Superintendent Blaine Henningsen that the district is on track to keep spending within its projections in its 2012-2013 budget.
    Henningsen said revenues are running about 3 percent higher than expected due to increasing enrollment.
    Henningsen said that means the district is expecting to see its fund balance at the end of the budget year be a little higher than was anticipated in the budget.
    Henningsen also reported on the state budget for the coming fiscal year 2013-2014.
    He said state revenues are projected to be about three percent higher than last year and funding for public school could see an increase of $66 million.
    Even so, the state's foundation formula, which is used to distribute state money to public schools, will be about $620 million underfunded in the coming year.
    State lawmakers are looking at spending just a little over $3 billion on public elementary and secondary schools.
    Henningsen said Carthage school officials are assuming a slight decrease in federal funding due to the federal budget sequester cuts, a slight increase in state funding and nearly level local funding.
    He said a 5.3 percent cut in federal spending on education will mean about $115,000 less in federal money for Carthage.
    Henningsen said the district needs to budget for additional teachers because enrollment is continuing to grow. He said more than 400 kindergartners have enrolled in school for next year, at least 20 more than last year, and enrollment is still open in Carthage.
    “We will have to hire more teachers,” Henningsen said. “And we want to increase teachers' salaries to remain competitive in our area.”

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