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BOE to vote on budget, honor Mathews
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Newton County Board of Education members will hold a combined work session and board meeting June 25 at which they’re expected to approve the final budget for the 2013-14 school year and honor outgoing superintendent Gary Mathews.

The board will meet at 7 p.m. at the BOE building. It unanimously approved a nearly $149.5 million tentative budget for the 2013-14 school year at its meeting in May.

According to the tentative budget, the school system has a beginning fund balance of $15,628,766 and with state and local revenues, the system has a total available sources balance of $149,493,603.

Expenditures total $139,975,257 — leaving the school system with an ending fund balance of $9,518,346.

The tentative budget was approved with the notion that board members would make a decision on cutting student transportation to Ombudsman, Newton’s alternative school, an idea that has led to much debate.

The board also has discussed possibly adding full-time nurses at each of the schools.

In addition to the budget, the BOE also will consider several school nutrition contracts, a waiver for alternative education, a class size resolution and several other agenda items.

The combined work session/meeting is set to follow a drop-in reception for Mathews, who is retiring and leaving for Louisiana.

The reception will be from 4 to 6 p.m., also at the Newton BOE building.

Another combined work session/monthly meeting is scheduled for July 16.

The BOE will go back to its normal bi-monthly meeting schedule in August.