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The Beaufort County Board of Education on Tuesday delayed a vote to certify its $176-million, 2012-13 budget until Friday.
Chairman Fred Washington Jr. said the board needs more time to consider the rollout of a college and career readiness initiative, which includes purchasing classroom sets of iPads for eighth- and ninth-graders districtwide. The board approved the initiative Monday night.
Washington also said Tuesday the board needs more time to discuss the budget as a whole before approving it.
The vote on the budget is expected at a 2 p.m. Friday meeting at the district office at 2900 Mink Point Blvd. in Beaufort.
The proposed spending plan that drew the consensus of board members at the Monday meeting includes a property tax increase as well as cutting 30 staff positions. Raises for district staff are also included. About $788,000 in reserve funds could be spent.
The district will still plans to give a preliminary presentation to County Council's finance committee at its Wednesday meeting. County Council approves the district's budget, including any tax increases.
In other board action:
- Tax increase could bring iPads to Beaufort County schools; May 15, 2012
- Beaufort County school board begins to talk budget; Feb. 21, 2012
- School board discusses $6 million in possible budget cuts; March 30, 2012
- Parents urge school district to avoid cuts to academics; April 10, 2012
- District aims to increase expectations, college readiness focus at high schools; May 14, 2012