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Wilson schools, community college outline budget requests

Posted on May 5, 2021

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Superintendent Lane Mills reviews Wilson County Schools' proposed 2021-22 budget with the Wilson County Board of Education.

Drew C. Wilson | Times

Superintendent Lane Mills reviews Wilson County Schools' proposed 2021-22 budget with the Wilson County Board of Education.

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Wilson County Schools and Wilson Community College presented their annual budget proposals to county commissioners Tuesday.

School officials also gave commissioners updates on current capital projects the county funded during last year’s budget cycle as well as future capital projects.

County Manager Denise Stinagle will present her formal budget to commissioners at 7 p.m. Monday.

After that, commissioners will work through the budget and hold discussions and work sessions, followed by a public hearing. County departments detailed their 2021-22 budget requests last week.


Superintendent Lane Mills presented a proposed budget of roughly $24.8 million, up about $2.4 million from last year with a capital outlay of $1 million.

The requested $1 million capital outlay would be used for schools in need of significant repairs. The budget increase is due to charter school payments and benefit rate increases, Mills said.

Ongoing capital projects include:

• Upgrading heating, ventilation and air conditioning controls at Barnes and Gardners elementary schools.

• Replacing the 1987 chiller at Lee Woodard Elementary.

• Replacing sewer pumps at Rock Ridge Elementary.

• Purchasing a new backhoe for maintenance.

• Purchasing two new activity buses.

Capital projects completed or underway include:

• Parking lot paving is completed at Beddingfield High School.

• A track renovation project at Beddingfield will begin this summer, but most work will begin after football season.

• Tennis court renovations at Hunt High will begin late this summer.

• Student parking lot paving at Hunt will begin this summer.


WCC President Tim Wright presented the community college’s budget request, which came in at a little more than $3 million, up by roughly $1,200 from last year with a capital outlay of $416,000.

Wright said the requested budget and capital outlay figures are about the same as last year. This year’s proposed budget allows for maintenance and custodial raises and insurance and utility increases.

Wright said the college hopes its state employees receive a raise this year. He said when college state employees get raises, the college tries to provide matching increases to county-employed college workers.

Capital outlay requests include the following:

• Fiber infrastructure replacement.

• Security camera additions.

• Auditorium sound and light restructuring.

• Parking lot lights.

• Classroom, lab, parking lot and ground renovations. 

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