BCCC ends 2012 fiscal year under budget

The Barnwell County Career Center ended their 2012 fiscal year by increasing their general fund $20,901.
That's the news Rod Dooley, a certified public accountant with Dooley & Company, had for the BCCC board as he explained the results of the school's annual audit during their regular Nov. 19 meeting. "You profited roughly $2,000 a month," he said.
The increase came even as the school collected $49,518 less in ad valorem taxes than originally budgeted. Overall, total revenue was $43,906 less than the $1,503,834 budgeted, while expenditures were $57,932 less than the $1,530,567 originally budgeted, according to a copy of the audit provided to The People-Sentinel.
BCCC Director Sam McKay said he's not surprised by the findings because he's always come in under budget since he's been leading the school. "That's the responsible thing to do," he said. "I'm never going to spend more than is budgeted."
According to the audit, the $22,901 increase to the general fund can be attributed to nearly $8,000 in insurance proceeds for the loss of a storage building and contents due to a fire and lower expenditures in a "variety of areas."
In other news:
-The board gave their approval for McKay to ask Carrier, the company which services their HVAC system, if they can just pay half of the $1,608 service contract when they come in the spring. Under the contract, the school's system is services each spring and fall.
The full $1,608 is budgeted, but the board is looking to replace the chiller that cools the main building's classrooms. "We really need to get a new chiller," said McKay.
If they get a new chiller by next fall, it would likely have a warranty - making the current service contract unneeded.
"I think it's a good idea," said board member Jeff Still.
-A military appreciation fundraiser raised enough money to send care packages to three soldiers serving overseas. Students were able to vote for Clemson or USC by donating a dollar.
"It was a good project," said McKay.