BCSC approves $690k for substitutes, utilities

Bartholomew Consolidated Schools saw some large spikes in the costs for substitute teachers and utility prices this year, leading officials to ask the school board for an additional $690,000 appropriation last night.

Chad Phillips, assistant superintendent for finance, explains why the district asks for an additional appropriation at the end of the year.

The additional costs for substitute teachers comes from a small increase in substitute teacher pay and a higher than expected need for those fill-ins. He said that because BCSC now has a younger base of teachers, more than anticipated were on maternity leave this year, which led to the need for more substitutes.

Phillips says that the money for the appropriation will be covered by increasing revenues from interest on school accounts and from higher-than-anticipated enrollment, which leads to more state funds.

He said there will be no impact on taxes.