As much as $4 million in new money could be needed to meet the list of requests submitted by principals and supervisors as the Dickson County school system begins preparing the first draft of a budget for 2013-14. Director of Schools Dr. Danny Weeks told the school board last week he has met with each principal and all of the central office staff to hear their requests for the new budget year as he begins preparing a draft to present to the school board. Weeks said he has established priorities in the areas of staffing, programs and supplies, and facilities. He said there is a definite need for two new elementary school teachers due to growth and added he could easily see that grow to four. Right now he said there is a foreseeable need for at least 2 ½ secondary education positions. Weeks said there has been a request to add two more nurses, which would put a nurse in each school, and Dickson Middle School “desperately” needs another guidance counselor. The school system also will have to figure out a new way to pay for the seven instructional coaches that have previously been funded out of federal dollars that are no longer available. With assessment tests going online, Weeks said there will be a lot of cost to establish the necessary testing areas. He said final decisions on what devices will be needed for the testing have not been made and some state money will be available but it will not be enough for what the county has to do. “It’s going to cost plenty of money to do everything they’ve asked us to do,” Weeks said. The preliminary figures for new costs already projected for the upcoming budget are in the $3.5-4 million range, the director told board members. “We will not be bashful in asking for the things we think we need,” Weeks said. The director said he hopes to have a preliminary draft of a proposed budget ready to present to the board in April.