Archive for the ‘SCHOOL’ Category

School Budget $1.38 Billion

September 13, 2011

The Lee County School Board approved a new, lean $1.38 billion budget for the 2011-12 school year on Tuesday.

The new budget is down almost 7 percent from last year’s $1.44 billion budget.



Gov. Rick Scott cut $19.2 million from SW FL budget

May 28, 2011 


Edison State College Administrative Compensation

March 19, 2011

Hefty pay, big questions.  That’s the reality these days at Edison State College, which has 4 campuses and about 24-thousand students in Southwest Florida.   WINK News has learned, the President, Dr. Kenneth Walker, makes more than the heads of many, much larger public universities.


Pension Defined Benefit or Definded Contribution

March 14, 2011

“The place that’s on the hook to make sure (a government) is financially sound is the city,” said Bob Lee, executive director of the Center for Florida Local Government Excellence at Florida State University in Tallahassee. “It’s not the state. It’s not the employees. It’s the cities.”

Local government officials are beginning the process of reforming their pensions systems.


School District missing hundreds of items with total cost over $463,000

September 21, 2010

This year’s list of items missing from the Lee County School District totals more than $463,000 in missing property.

The district sends out the list to law enforcement every year so they can be on the lookout for district property if there’s a big bust.

The nine page list has hundreds of computers, band instruments, copiers – even golf carts are unaccounted for in this year’s inventory.


Employee Pay Raises At Florida Gulf Coast University and Edison State College

September 1, 2010

Despite another tight budget year, Florida Gulf Coast University and Edison State College won’t be laying off or furloughing staff. In fact, employees at both public institutions are receiving pay raises.

FGCU is issuing $1,000 bonuses to all faculty and staff on Oct. 1, and employees’ 2 percent pay raises kick in Jan. 1.

Edison’s pay bumps are a little more complicated:

– Staff: 4 percent pay raise, effective July 1.
– Existing faculty: 4 percent or $2,151 pay raise, whichever is greater, effective Aug. 16.
– New faculty: 3 percent pay raise to minimum salary based on academic degrees, effective Aug. 16.

– Adjunct faculty: 4 percent pay raise, effective Jan. 1, 2011.

School District Travel Expense $632,648, previous year $1.7 million

August 30, 2010

Self-imposed and state-mandated travel restrictions have sharply reduced Lee County school employees’ need for out-of-town trips.

In 2009-10, the Lee County School District spent $632,648 on out-of-county travel, according to records provided to The News-Press. That’s significantly lower than the $1.7 million spent traveling outside Lee County during the 2007-08 school year.


School District will spend $218,224 to extend free breakfast to all students

May 19, 2010

All children in Lee County will receive a free breakfast at school next year, even if their families exceed income restrictions.

The announcement trumps a new state law that requires public schools where at least 80 percent of children qualify for free or reduced-price meals to distribute breakfast at no charge to any child.


School Buses, Budget $46.5 million, Miles 15 million, Audit $76,000

March 14, 2010

This year, Lee County School District buses will drive 15 million miles, burning through a budget of $46.5 million.


School budget may include tax increase and federal stimulus dollars

February 10, 2010