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Page A-6 The Tuskegee News, March 1 7, 2011 (From Page A-l) Fiscal Year 2011 Budget. A re- six principals in the system be- duction of $387,065 impacts ginning next year. areas dealing with personnel Lewis Adams Early Child- while transportation funding hood Center is now included has been cut $40,606 at the with Carver Elementary same times gas prices are esca- School after relocating last lating at a record pace. year from the old Lewis Adams At a called meeting March 8, Facility. A new wing was added the Macon County Board of Ed- to Carver for the Early Child" ucation discussed 33 items Su- hood Center. perintendent Dr. Jacqueline The principal's spot for Lewis Brooks presented for consider- Adams will be eliminated. ation in making necessary cuts. Brooks said that doesn't neces- Some cuts can be done admin- sarily mean Mae Doris istratively by Brooks, but oth- Williams, principal at Lewis ers must have board approval Adams, will no longer be a Brooks explained to the board principal. the chrrent proration is diffi- "Seniority will be considered cult enough, but anticipation of when principal assignments even larger budget cuts for the are made for next year," Brooks Fiscal Year 2012 Budget that said. the legislature will address in In assessing options to deal the coming weeks could mean with proration, Bentley did not possibly closing a school and/or recommend larger classes or the reduction or elimination of fewer class days, which most some programs, observers anticipated would be Brooks said based on figures included in the governor's pro- from the first few weeks of the posal. That means cuts have to current school year, Macon come from other areas County's enrollment for the '"We discussed several meas- 2011-12 school term is expected ures for consideration at the to fall from 2,766 to 2,668 called meeting (March 8)and That means the state will pay may make some decisions at for five fewer teacher units the March 17 meeting," Brooks based on the projected enroll- said. ment. Currently, there are The superintendent already seven units for principals. That administratively limited the will be reduced by one unit to use of substitute teachers, is emphasizing turning off lights is paid; local schools paying or to save on utilities, elim'mat'mg having volunteers to cut grass; use of personal printers by and using a supply formula for printing to a network copier toilet paper and supplies with and revising the daily travel excessive use charged back to schedule for central office per- individual schools sormel. Other discussion dealt with: Many other potential cuts reduction of travel budgets'for will take additional study and board members and the super- require board approval, intendent; bidding propane 'The other proposals may be gas; investigating placing the impacted by the budget for next board attorney on a retainer year (2011.12)," Brooks com- rather than billing for time; mented. "If there are more cuts outsourcing particular jobs, for next year, some tough deci- such as custodians; and placing sions will have to be made." all surplus items up for sale. With a reduction already of '"We are taking a three-way $40,000 for transportation the hit with reduced enrollment, remainder of the current school non-tenured teacher units and budget, Brooks said elimina- no more stimulus money," tion of spring sports and ex- Brooks said. tracurricular activities that She was referring to millions require travel are a considera- of dollars the state received in tion. federal stimulus funds the past "A more viable solution for two years That funding has the future when it comes to ceased and before he left office athletics is limiting the sched- in January 2011 Riley depleted ule of non-area games to save the state's "rainy day" funds for on travel costs," Brooks said. emergency use for state educa- Among other areas that could tion needs. trimmed or curtailed discussed, The superintendent and at the called meeting include: board are also looking at even cutting back on use of cell more non-conventional options phones; adoption and utiliza- that include: reduction of con- tion of standard formulas for tract days for all employees assigning support staff; elimi- over nine months to include the nation of microwaves and re- superintendent; elimination of frigerators unless a surcharge all textbooks for virtual text" books; and reduction of central office staff salaries and con- tracts. Among the most drastic con- siderations up for discussion in- volve: possible closing of a school or reconfiguring of schools to fit the population; ex- amining non-renewal of con- tracts through a Reduction in Force (RIF); revisiting cont'm- uation of Career Tech Center; eliminating summer school by providing credit recovery through distance learning; early termination of the 21st Century Program; and invok- ing a reconfiguration plan for Carver Elementary and Tuskegee Institute Middle School, Notasulga High School and D.C. Wolfe School Also considered controversial are discussions involving: put- ting schools with declining en- rbllment on must make growth notice; scaling back alternative programs like Second Chance; offering extended day contracts instead of hiring teachers; look- ing at a half-cent or one-cent additional sales tax; and elimi- nating textbook purchases if money can be flexed to pursue computers for students '~Phere are no easy choices, but we are faced with making them," Brooks commented (From Page A-l) W agency, board or commission cation are in for not paying not only 2003 to save the facility, but aminers were unable to de- received one penny from us According to records re- the county, but other multi- this is the first time the num- termine if the Commission in 2010 and to my knowledge ceived from Macon Commis-million dollar obligations be- bers have been available to"recovered any of these funds we haven't been able to de- sion Chair Louis Maxwell fore them," Gray said adding back that statement up. because no documentation liver anything to them this the county's general fundhe would help the commis-One example, the Macon was maintained to show that year," said Racing Commis- would receive $317,619.22sion with the wording of a " County Board of Education is these fees were recovered sion Chair Cliff Johnson and MCBOE would get resolution to include a meet- slated to receive 51 percent from the individuals who Based on the 1983 act in $813,105.28 ifthe taxes were ing with thelegislature, of pari-mutuel profit each paid the racing Commission the Alabama Legislature paid. To cope with the con- year. In 1999MCBOE'sgen- with badchecks." that created the Commis- "The money from the prop-straints, Johnson said he is eral fund received about $1.2 Besides that auditor found sion, payouts from pari- erty taxes would be helpful toying with the idea of cut- million from the track By that: mutuel wagering only come during these tough times," ting Racing Commissioners' 2008 that had been reduced "Receipts were not written after the board pays its over- said Maxwell "Even if some- hours to 32 per week. by more than 70 percent to for all funds received by the head. With five racing com- one else pays the property The facility is also already about $340,000: The patternRacing Commission. missioners able to earn up to tax for VictoryLand, it would closed on Tuesdays and rings true for the Macon : .When receipts v ere $100,000 a year and atten, be great, but that is unlikely Johnson said if two more Cofinty Commission, Macon ten, they were'not alwa3/ dance at the Macon County to happen." greyhound kennels follow the municipalities, Tuskegee traceable from the Racing Greyhound Park on consis- The county could still re- example of others and leave University, the YMCA and Commission's receipt books tent decline, profit sharing ceive the funds if the taxes the track, the park would be others, to bank deposit. It appeared has disappeared, are paid during the property forced to cut another day. The audit itself is also anthat some receipts were But that's not the worst of tax sale on April 19. "I don't know how long the issue for the commission, as never deposited in the bank. it. The commission hasn't Track attorney Fred Gray track can even stay open to examiners found the Com- "And amounts receipted paid property taxes for the told the Macon Commissiontell you the truth," he said. mission did not reconcile were not always deposited facility this year -- a mon- during its regular meeting But according to the audit . bank accounts, showing book timely Some receipts were strous $1,346,690.58. That monday, March 14 that thethe track's longevity has le- balances at $16,262.97 moreheld for five months before money is split between gen- Greyhound Parkis currently *gitimately been in'question than its bank balances It they were deposited eral funds for the Macon unable to pay its obligations, for a decade. It's long been also paid more than' $3,000"It's not bad, but it was County Commission and the "This it is not theii fault, said that charity bingo at in bad check fees during the worse than it sHould've Macon County Board of Edu- They hate the position they VictoryLand was added in.examination period and ex' been," Johnson said. t (From Page A-l) the Tuskegee University campus and continues down West Mont- gomery Road onto Elm Street to- ward its halfway mark of One mile at the Tuskegee Human and Civil Rights Multicultural Center Then it's baCk to the University campus for a round trip of 2 miles. Forty signs providing nutritional informa- Photo courtesy TU Dr. George Washington Carver works in his lab at Tuskegee University. Carver's legacy will be remembered by a walking trail opening soon in Tuskegee. tion and Carver historical facts will guide the walker along the two mile trek. George Washington Carver is known Worldwide for his work with the peanut, sweet potato and nu- merous other plants He was inter- ested in their nutritional value, as well as making use of all of a partic- ular plant He would produce creative meals for visitors to Tuskegee Institute, in" cluding.Henry Ford: His good friend traveled to the Carver Museum for its dedication in March 1941 - 70 years ago this month. Carver's re- search continues today at Tuskegee University's College of Agricultural, Environmental and Natural Sci- ences/Food & Nutritional Sciences. The Nutrition Trail is the brain- child of Dr. Ralphenia Pace, lead for the Macon County Nutrition Health Initiative and also serves as the De- partment Head for the Food and Nutritional Sciences at Tuskegee University "The trail will provide community members the opportunity to exer- cise in a safe, historical setting," Pace said. 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