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School district OKs budget, revamps labs

August 1, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

The West Point School District approved its budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year on July 21, with the major change from last year being an upgrade in computer equipment.
The total expenses for this year total $30,043,113, with total revenue projected at $28,208,880. The expenditures include $20 million for staff salaries and benefits, $2.3 million for supplies and equipment, $1.5 million for professional services and $1.4 million for transportation.
WPSD Business Manager Susan Cothren said the district’s budget was fairly standard every year, but state testing requirements necessitated the addition of new computer labs or upgrades to existing computer labs at four of the schools. The labs came at a cost of more than $500,000.
“We’ve added labs at Central School, West Point High School North Campus and South Side Elementary,” Cothren said. “We also upgraded an additional computer lab at WPHS, as well as new computers for two integrated co-teaching classrooms at Fifth Street.”
WPSD Superintendent Burnell McDonald said all state testing will be done online beginning this year, and that required upgrading the district’s computer infrastructure.
“Our state tests, especially for the third grade through eighth grade, is going to take a lot of computers,” McDonald said.

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