Ada City School Board voted yesterday to approve encumbrance orders for July of Fiscal Year 2011 but Superintendent Pat Harrison said state funding for the year is still uncertain.  The encumbrance orders allow money to be paid out of the school’s funds.

“Typically, this time of year at this meeting, we encumber the whole payroll for the coming year.  As you can see, that’s not what we’re asking tonight,” Harrison said.  

“Until I can tell where we’re going to be, bottom line, payroll wise and until I know where we’re going to be revenue wise for the year, I held off from encumbering all payroll.”

He said the school has not yet found out what funding is going to be for this year.  Although it’s typical for the school to not know what state funding is at this time of year, he said he’s hesitant to make expenditures in light of economic uncertainty.

“We don’t know what our revenue is going to be this year and even when I see it, I don’t know that I’m going to believe it,” Harrison said.  “Usually, what they give you in black and white, you can kind of count on.  I’ve learned not to believe what I read there because last year it was cut three or four times after we got our initial allocations.”

He said making expenditures with money that still hasn’t been officially allocated is a tricky process.

“You just roll the dice and hope that you’re somewhere close to the ballpark because you just don’t know,” he said.

The encumbrances, which were all payroll for the month, passed unanimously.

Among other items, Ada City School Board also approved 2010 encumbrances, accepted final FY 2009 revenue and approved personnel items.

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