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Fayette BOE budget talks to continue Tuesday

Budget discussions at the Fayette County Board of Education meeting Tuesday night will pick up where they left off at the last meeting. Now projecting a $16.27 million surplus by the end of the June 30 fiscal year, the board will continue looking at a variety of proposed measures to offset what is expected to be a $14.953 million decrease in the budget that takes effect July 1.

Figures provided by Comptroller Laura Brock show total revenues estimated at $172.1 million, down from $187 million last July 1. Included in the decreased revenues are property taxes expected to drop by $2.5 million to $82.038 million, state dollars expected to drop by nearly $11.8 million to $82.111 million and auto tags declining $171,384 to $6.445 million.

As with the budget discussions from previous meetings, virtually no cost saving measure is off the table. Prior to the budget adoption in late June, the board will consider adjustments to departmental and non-departmental budgets, adjusting some school and central office personnel by means such as attrition or reclassification, limiting high school mileage for sports and athletic competition and charging an activity fee.

Other measures on the table include adjusting the school year by four days, decreasing the amount paid by the school system for benefits, decreasing or eliminating some supplements, combining middle and high school bus routes and charging tuition for the children of employees who live out of county.

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DBarlow's picture

Our children, grandchildren and their children's future will be directly challenged to pay for decisions made by our current Board members. As tax payers we owe them our promise not to throw away their future. Please attend all BOE meetings and let the Board know your thoughts. Actions speak louder than words, so please come and join us. See you there.

Proud Citizen of Fayette County, Tyrone, Georgia. "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life..John 3:16

jpopeye's picture

I am interested in helping my community and finding solutions to education problems. I also feel the same way about fiscal policy. I fear that our present climate will politicize what should be a public meeting to work out optimal education planning. Do you know what meeting we should attend to discuss tax revenue distribution?

DBarlow's picture

Proud Citizen of Fayette County, Tyrone, Georgia. "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life..John 3:16

The budget will be the main issue discussed at tonight's meeting. Go to the fcboe.org site and click on the e-board icon to get the agenda and selected attachments. However, it appears that an ethics agenda item has just been added, not sure when but perhaps just hours before the meeting. Does this look to anyone like another attempt to discredit Dr. Bob Todd as he begins his campaign for re-election?

Just Asking

[quote=Just Asking]The budget will be the main issue discussed at tonight's meeting. Go to the fcboe.org site and click on the e-board icon to get the agenda and selected attachments. However, it appears that an ethics agenda item has just been added, not sure when but perhaps just hours before the meeting. Does this look to anyone like another attempt to discredit Dr. Bob Todd as he begins his campaign for re-election?[/quote]

<a href="http://is.gd/ceZUO">Here is a LINK to the agenda for the FCBOE meeting tonight.</a>

Interestingly, there is a laundry list of proposed cuts in the 2011 budget (in pdf form, of course...this prevents wide dissemination on the web). It would seem that the 1st grade paraprofessionals are on the chopping block, along with the non-state-funded Kindergarten parapros.

The ethics line item has agenda items that are the standard state of Georgia boilerplate for ethical standards of school boards. I'm sure they'll bring up the "work together and sing kumbaya" standard, and I'd bet a month's salary that the big three will NOT bring up the "avoid even the appearance of conflict of interest"....Janet "Kiwanis payoff" Smola and Terri "Husband's plumbing contracts" Smith would be embarassed.

suggarfoot's picture

"I'd bet a month's salary that the big three will NOT bring up the "avoid even the appearance of conflict of interest"....Janet "Kiwanis payoff" Smola and Terri "Husband's plumbing contracts" Smith would be embarrassed."

They are soooo desperate to stay in power...what could be the reason/interest/gain?

They brought to the BOE meeting... half cocked guns...so called 'teachers' of Fayette county, that can't be found 'teaching' in Fayette county...oh my!

Heads of the Fayette county Real estate agents...speaking on the drop of a hat ...for ...ALLL. the real estate agents in the county...I think not!...I know a few, who are really mad that he did that!

So who?, who? are these people coming out of the woodwork and what is their gain? Who is Joy...Clarke..is it?

Smola/Smith...if your cronies...give false names?...or where they work?...why do they do anything but ..discredit ...you....and give ...MORE...credance to Dr Todd's words?

jpopeye's picture

Why is the education of our children being politicized in this way? I think we need to be more concerned with what is done rather than who gets to do it.

jpopeye's picture

I am not an expert on education funding and the overall process but it seems to me the time to address education budget funding is prior to when the money has been decided. At this point the BOE is trying to figure out how to survive with the hand they have been dealt. They are in a better position to decide how to optimize with what they have than folks not in education.

I want to attend the meeting where the overall budget figure is determined. You know, the one where the percentage of total revenues put towards education is set. Am I off track in my thinking?

suggarfoot's picture

by a vote of 3 to 2...and now they are po ed the other 2 won't say they were in on it...talk about ethics violation!

We voted for people who would be honest with us, and deal with our money,...IN OUR, AND OUR CHILDREN'S BEST INSTEREST... and it's an ethic's violation to say what is right n what is wrong...shame shame DeCotis...till this...I had respect for you...you indeed went to the dark side...Darht Vader is pulling your chains!

Need2know's picture

What bothers me the most is that fact that we have so many students attending FC schools that don't live in the county. I believe we could cut the budget by a significant amount if students of teachers/employees that don't live in the county are not allowed to attend FC schools. I know of 6 kids that will or do attend McIntosh that their parents don't live in the county.
I would like for the BOE to provide that number to the citizens on fayette County. how many students attend FC Schools that don't actually live in FC? We also need to remove all para-pros from the system. Why do we need para-pros in the middle school program. Seriously, what a waste. Why do we need pre-K? Again, nothing but a waste of tax payers money.

Need2know

Dondol's picture

Its all of the kids that are dropped off in front of the schools and at bus stops to attend OUR schools that are not Citizens of Fayette county. Someone out there has to grow some nads and put a stop to this. While it won't clear up our Financial problems, it would be a great start. While we're at it how about lengthening the school day by 37 minutes, by doing this you could close the schools ever other Monday, no buses running, no lunches to cook, shut the buildings down one out of 14 days. You would see a significant savings and what kid and Teacher wouldn't want every other Monday off (I've put this idea to a few teachers at McIntosh and every one of them thought it to be a great idea). But I guess that's thinking to far outside of the box for the BOE.

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