If all goes well, a year from now the Jackson County School System will be starting to rebuild its beleaguered reserve fund.
The Jackson County Board of Education approved a tentative $81 million budget Monday night that will hopefully allow the system to put $750,000 back into its reserve fund. The system has had to tap its reserves in recent years to make ends meet due to the drastic decline in the local tax digest and cuts in state dollars. The system recently enacted a massive reduction in force (RIF) to cut staffing in a bid to lower its costs next year.
The BOE also approved a tentative millage rate of 19.276 mills, the same as last year. The board raised the rate in 2013 to avoid a financial collapse.