Sampson County Schools will be using the services of a consulting company to assist with specific financial matters.
During a recent work session, the Sampson County Board of Education approved a contract with School Efficiency Consultants (SEC), a North Carolina company with offices in Charlotte, Lexington and Raleigh. Some of the listed services offered to its clients include financial wellness, finance training, human resources and child nutrition.
Superintendent Dr. Eric Bracy said SEC will provide him additional financial and resource analysis to make sure the county school district is being efficient.
“We’re making every effort to stretch our budget to maximize all of our resources,” Bracy said. “Through this contract, we’ll have some financial consultants and experts scrutinize our budget and recommend ways for Sampson County Schools to get more for the dollars that we have available to us. With all the budget cuts that we face, we just want to make sure that we’re maximizing every dollar we get from taxpayers.”
The agreement officially began after the meeting and will continue throughout the remainder of fiscal year, which is scheduled to end June 30.
“I’m excited about it,” Bracy said about SEC. “I’m hoping they can provide us an additional set of eyes an additional expertise. Anytime you can do that, it’s a plus for us. We just want to maximize all the dollars.”
With several potential projects on the radar such as a track for Hobbton High School and a fieldhouse at Midway High School, Bracy alluded to how it’s important to monitor the budget and to seek the services of SEC.
“It helps us conserve as many resources as we can,” Bracy about working with SEC.
According to the organization, SEC has experts in all areas of school business operations. In addition to Sampson County Schools, some of the other clients include New Hanover, Rutherford, Rockingham, Granville and Bertie counties.
On a testimonial portion of the SEC website, Dr. Janet Mason, superintendent of Rutherford County, said they used the companies services to review employee allocation and other operations, which saved the district $1.9 million.
“I highly encourage superintendents to involve SEC in reviewing your operations to achieve more efficiency,” Mason stated. “They will find ways to save you money.”
Reach Chase Jordan at 910-249-4617. Follow us on Twitter at @SampsonInd and like us on Facebook.