With more funds available for Macon County education in federal and state dollars this year, Macon County Schools (MCS) finance director Angie Cook presented members of the board of education with a 2015-16 budget resolution which highlighted a few areas in which funds have been able to be increased this school year.
A few years ago, in the midst of budget cuts across all levels of funding, the board of education made the hard decision to no longer pay for officials for sporting events out of the school district's local budget. Schools then became responsible for funding the officials, which are mandatory to hold athletic events. Some schools turned to their respective athletic budget reserves while others turned to booster clubs and PTO organizations. With additional funds available for the 2015-16 school year, Cook informed members of the board that half of the funds needed for officials would be placed back into the budget this school year.