Montgomery Board of Education passes budget

Sep 14, 2018

   It was a concerned Montgomery County Board of Education that passed a deficit budget last night. The 231 million dollar spending plan for 2019 passed by a vote of 5 to 2. Even those voting for the budget bemoaned it’s 9.7 million dollar deficit. Board member Arika Watkins Smith said new revenue is needed. The 2018 budget would have also operated at a deficit if not for the sale of Georgia Washington Middle School to Pike Road. Chief School Financial Officer for Montgomery Public Schools, Arthur Watts says Huntsville City Schools receive 102 million dollars in local funding with 6-thousand fewer students, while Montgomery receives 54 million dollars in total local support. The budget now goes to the State Board of Education for Approval.