Pinellas School Sees First Budget Surplus

CLEARWATER – For the first time in years, a preliminary draft of the Pinellas County School District’s budget for the upcoming school year isn’t projecting drastic cuts. But with each small victory in the budget process comes another concern, such as teacher raises that won’t meet expectations and insufficient capital funding, school board members said.

Board members and district officials will spend this week poring over the budget and posing questions before their July 16 workshop.

Although the school district has overspent since the 2011-2012 school year, it stands to bring in about $6 million more in 2013-2014 than projected expenditures with help from an additional $45 million from the state and “creative budgeting,” school district Superintendent Michael Grego said.

Continue reading this article in the Tampa Tribune.