Bladen County Board of Education still waiting on state budget

ELIZABETHTOWN — The Bladen County Board of Education made short order of a meeting Monday night, dismissing in ten short minutes.

The night’s agenda included only a closed session to discuss personnel, which Public Information Officer Valerie Newton said involved principals, but declined to say which ones. The session did not involve anyone from the district office.

Six budget amendments were approved.

“In layman’s terms, we’re just closing out our fiscal year,” said Finance Officer Sharon Penney.

The 2017-2018 budget has yet to be completed, because the board is waiting on the final state budget to be approved. Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed this week the compromise budget approved by the House and Senate, but the veto is expected to be overridden by the GOP-controlled legislature.

“Once approved, we expect the information in 10-15 days, and that will let us know where our numbers are,” Superintendent Robert Taylor told the board.

He also added that the district has received the county commissioners’ approved budget, which does not include an additional $200,000 the school system requested.