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6/7/2014 12:38:00 PM
Clarkdale-Jerome considers preliminary budget

Yvonne Gonzalez
Staff Reporter

CLARKDALE -- With school out for summer, school administrators across the state have turned their attention to preliminary budgets for the coming academic year.

Clarkdale-Jerome School District superintendent Kathleen Fleenor said after board members approve this budget version Tuesday night, they'll be able to move forward with a final vote in July.

The school has two years before they need to renew a maintenance and operations budget override, which voters have approved for twice in the past. Funds go toward partially supporting all-day kindergarten, a classroom teacher and an art teacher.

Fleenor said the district has never gone out for a bond, but it could be a possibility if the school's enrollment ever increased substantially.

"We haven't grown to that point," Fleenor said. "Our enrollment has held pretty steady."

The state-funded school faciltiies board requires districts to compete for limited dollars that support campus improvements. Fleenor said C-JS was able to procure funds to repair the roofing on two buildings, each with four classrooms, as well as the gym.

"For us, because we're a small district with a small campus, they were able to come up with the funding," Fleenor said. "We can go to the school facilities board one small classroom at a time and ask for funding."

Members of the C-JS board meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday night in the school library.

An agenda for the Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District was not available Friday. Board members do have a meeting scheduled for Tuesday starting at 5:30 p.m. in the district office.

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