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School board passes tentative budget

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By Molly Haines

After two budget work sessions and several months worth of planning, the Owen County School Board passed a tentative budget at its regularly scheduled meeting Monday.

The board faced many issues since beginning work on the draft budget in January, including not knowing what the state budget would look like because the Kentucky General Assembly failed to pass a budget in April during their regular session.

Owen County School District Superintendent Mark Cleveland said normally the tentative and final budgets are close to the same with very few changes.

“They’re usually pretty much the same,” Cleveland said. “A lot of times the only way it changes is if in September I have more students or less students than I planned on, and we always have the chance to adjust things over the summer.”

Cleveland said this year the tentative budget is a “worst case scenario” budget until a state budget is passed.

The Louisville-Courier Journal reported Monday that House Speaker Greg Stumbo said he expects the House and Senate will agree to a budget bill next week.

The board also faced cutting several different line items including transportation for June athletic trips, extra service costs, team leader salaries and some positions.

The board will adopt a final budget in September.