Supers: We were ready for proration

Published 12:03 am Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Leaders of the county’s three school systems said their budgets can absorb the 3 percent proration declared Monday because it was anticipated.

Collectively, their state funding was cut by more than $1 million.

“Thank heavens, we had anticipated the proration,” said Andalusia City Schools Superintendent Ted Watson. “This is year three, by the way, that we’ve had to deal with this, but we had made some allocations to try and soften the blow. We are very optimistic that we are going to be able to absorb the cuts without dipping into our reserves.”

The 3 percent cut equates to about $300,000 for the school system.

Covington County Schools will lose about $500,000 in funding,” said Shauna Robertson, chief financial officer.

‘I’ve anticipated it and with all our reductions in spending, I don’t anticipate dipping into our reserves, as long as it stays at 3 percent,” she said. “Anymore than that and there’s a possibility, we will have to dip into those funds.”

Opp City Schools is set to lose $209,000, Superintendent Michael Smithart said.

“We had anticipated this and prepared for it back in the summer,” he said. “We can handle the immediate impact. I have concerned that it will greatly affect the fiscal year ’12 budget.”