Balancing act for JPS budget - - Jackson, MS

Balancing act for JPS budget

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Jackson Public School leaders say they are not asking for a tax increase for the upcoming year.

At a work session for the Board of Trustees Monday night; Superintendent, Dr. Lonnie Edwards told board members the funds are tight and the needs are great but the staff has come up with a balanced budget without asking the city to raise taxes.

With aging buildings and transportation fleet, JPS is sorting through ways to make improvements on some campuses for heating, air conditioning and roof repairs.

Dr. Edwards also says improvements must be made in technology, security, and athletics.

"We're going to ensure that we have no impact on the classroom and that we're going to provide every student a highly qualified teacher, and we're going to sustain the educational quality of Jackson Public Schools", Dr. Edwards said.

The projected budget for the 2011-2012 school year is $205,409,919.10.

Dr. Edwards says he hopes to have the budget approved by the end of this month.

Another work session is scheduled for Wednesday at 5:30pm at district offices on State Street.

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