The Cleburne County Board of Education Thursday unanimously approved an amendment of the 2017 budget that will allow excess grant money to pay portions of salaries for pre-K aids.

“It was extra funds given to pre-K that weren’t allocated until recently,” Superintendent Chad Young said after the short meeting at Ranburne High School. “It’ll be used for salaries because they did not allot enough to cover the salaries of the aides.”

Young said he was notified of the grant this week.

“It’s a grant from our government to allow you to have the pre-K program,” he said. “We pretty much knew we were going to get it but the money came in this week.”

Cleburne County Chief Financial Officer Melissa Lumpkin said after the meeting that she couldn’t recall how much the grant was for but said it was the equivalent of one salary. Young, who also could not recall the grant amount, said while it was enough to pay for one salary it would be divided to pay portions of several people’s salaries.

“It’ll go to finish up the ones we had to pay out of local funds,” he said.

In other business, the board:

— Approved maternity leave, starting around May 1, for Tracy McIntyre and Haley Gibbs.

— Approved December bank statements

— Heard from Young that students would not have to make up the Jan. 6 and Jan. 9 weather days.

The next board meeting will be Monday, March 6, starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Cleburne County Career Technical School.  

Staff Writer Kirsten Fiscus: 256-235-3563. On Twitter @KFiscus_Star.