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School Board of Manatee county unanimously approves 2013-2014 budget
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School Board of Manatee county unanimously approves 2013-2014 budget

Manatee County, Florida -- With a unanimous 4-0 vote, the School Board of Manatee County approved the $568.3 million budget recommended by Superintendent Rick Mills during a public hearing Tuesday evening.

The approved budget meets the following priorities established by Superintendent Mills in the district’s Fiscal Recovery Plan presented in May:

  • For the first time in four years, the budget meets the state-required fund balance of three percent, or $10.3 million.
  • The budget reinvests in district employees by providing pay increases, including pay increases collaboratively settled with the Manatee Education Association and AFSCME.
  • The budget repays a third of internal funds donated by schools and sets the stage for full repayment over the next three school years.

“The budget approved by the School Board this evening is a realistic and executable budget that will help the Manatee County School District move forward successfully,” said Superintendent Rick Mills. “It’s now time to turn our full attention to what matters most, and that is supporting our schools and teachers in raising the achievement levels of our more than 46,000 students.”

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