Alma School Board members approved personnel and the budget for the 2013-14 school year at their Aug. 8 meeting.

Alma School District will start the year with a beginning balance of $383,697.78 and expect an incoming revenue of $26,053,150, according to the budget.

This amount does not include a $528,498.48 sinking bond fund, which must be included in the school’s finances as an asset, said Superintendent David Woolly.

After estimated expenditures, which include $2,495,000 for debt service, school officials expect the end the next school year with a balance of $433,697.74.

Expenditures for the 2013-14 school year are expected to be about $609,000 less than the previous year, according to the budget.

Board members also approved the hiring of Robin Simon as Alma Intermediate School special education teacher. Simon has 10 years experience, with seven of those spent at Stepping Stone School and received both a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the University of Central Arkansas in Conway.

Johnny Fortenberry was approved as the Alma Middle School Education Through Expeditions (ETE) teacher. Fortenberry has 19 years experience and a bachelor’s degree from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro.

Resignations were accepted from Jamie Alexander as special education teacher, Amy Hinkson as assistant middle school band director, Patricia Smith as a teacher with Alma Primary School and A.C. Vincent as director of maintenance.

Also at the meeting Thursday night, Woolly announced that Richard Craft will be leaving his position on the school board. Rinda Baker and Chapen Rucker have filed for the seat and will be on the ballot in the September school election.