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Sep 13, 2011 9:45 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP

Central board increases spending in new budget

CENTRAL, La. (AP) - The Central Community School Board has approved a $33.1 million general operating budget for the 2011-12 school year.
The Advocate reports that's slightly more money than the school board planned to spend when it approved a tentative budget in June.
Superintendent Michael Faulk told board member Monday night the increased spending reflects projects at Bellingrath and Tanglewood elementary schools. Faulk said the school system had planned to pay for them through school construction bonds, but that proved too little money so the general operating fund was tapped instead.
Central public schools expect to raise $33.4 million in 2011-12. Faulk said he expects revenue will increase because 63 more students are enrolled than last year.

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