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School board OKs tentative budget
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Forsyth County News


The Forsyth County Board of Education approved a tentative 2011-12 budget during its meeting Thursday night.

The proposed $263.3 million plan required extensive numbers crunching, as state and local revenues are down about $13.6 million from last year.

Expenditures, however, are up about 1 percent over last year, due largely to health care benefits and money for 77 new teachers, officials have said.

To balance the budget, the district likely will use the remainder of a $6.5 million grant from a federal education jobs fund program.

It also plans to carry over about $2.2 million from the fund balance, leaving the system’s reserves with about $40 million.

The budget will be under review until next month. A final version is slated for review June 9.

Also during the meeting, the board approved an upgrade to the system’s Safari Montage video-streaming service, which provides educational videos and content.

The $343,051 upgrade will allow students and teachers to access the information from home and mobile devices.