The Vigo County School Board will revisit the 2006 budget during its meeting at 7 p.m. Monday.

During the budget review and approval process, the Department of Local Government Finance made reductions to the proposed budget, which will require some modifications and transfers, said Donna Wilson, school district chief financial officer.

The general fund “will be in good shape,” but some funds will have fewer dollars than anticipated, she said.

Because of cuts to the bus replacement fund, the school district might be limited to two new buses this year rather than three new buses, Wilson said.

The transportation fund was up slightly over last year, but it will still face serious constraints, she said. It might have to be subsidized by the general fund.

Another concern is that the county’s assessed valuation went down, which limits the property tax revenue that the school district can generate, particularly for its capital projects fund, she said.

In that budget, there have been cuts in the line for administrative equipment, but at the same time, “We are not cutting projects we anticipated doing in schools,” Wilson said.

The good news for taxpayers is that the final, approved tax rate is $1.28 per $100 assessed value, which is lower than last year’s tax rate by about 2.5 cents.

On Monday, the school district will recommend moving one expenditure from the capital projects budget to the debt service budget. The goal is to alleviate financial pressure from the capital projects budget.

The transfer would involve payments for energy savings projects done several years ago. Instead of being paid from the capital projects budget, the payments for the energy savings projects would come out of debt service.

In other business, the administration will discuss a proposed integrated marketing plan involving MillerWhite, a marketing company.

MillerWhite representatives already have met with a school district executive team. It is asking for $4,000 to further develop an integrated marketing plan for the school district.

The proposal would include a Web site audit; branding/

logo/identity plan; a communications audit; and media training of the executive team, according to information provided by MillerWhite.

The marketing plan would be partially funded through superintendent’s initiative funds, Tanoos said.

In the spotlight, the school district will highlight a program in the Family and Consumer Sciences Leadership Class at Terre Haute South Vigo High School. The program is B.E.A.R. Buddies; B.E.A.R. stands for Becoming Energized About Reading and its goal is to promote literacy.

South received a grant from the Wabash Valley Community Foundation. The semester-long program involves Annette Miles’ leadership class and a second-grade class at Farrington Grove Elementary.

School Board Meeting:

— When: 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27.

— Where: Administration Building, 686 Wabash Ave.

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