CUMBERLAND — Rising fuel costs have impacted the Allegany County public school budget, Chief Financial Officer Larry McKenzie told the school board during Tuesday’s meeting.
The board approved the school system’s $129 million operating budget for fiscal year 2023, which included an additional $500,000, over a previous project, for transportation.
“As the fuel continues to increase…it becomes more and more of a concern,” McKenzie said.
The budget also included an additional $1 million in state revenue, he said.
The board also:
• Recognized over 40 retirees with years of experience ranging from 12 to 45 and positions that included teachers, bus drivers and secretaries.
• Approval of second readings of policies, which will take effect immediately, including one relating to the authority of principals and another relating to orderly and caring learning environments.
• Recognition of the following high school students for scholarships to Frostburg State University: Abigayle Spangler of Fort Hill — $5,000, Haley Llewellyn of Mountain Ridge — $500 and Noah Logsdon of Allegany — $500.
• Approved a second reading of a policy that provides for the education of students who are registered sex offenders and revised guidelines to meet state requirements for the education of such students during the time they are not. are not permitted on school property.
• Approved a special education staffing plan for fiscal year 2023.
• Approved a first reading of a policy to identify required audits.