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Fayette BoE to exhaust its reserves to balance budget

Same 3-to-2 vote as before

The Fayette County Board of Education Tuesday night adopted the 2012-2013 budget that totals $177.34 million by using the nearly all of the $15 million fund balance from the current year that ends June 30.

As with the preliminary approval June 4, the budget was adopted on a 3-2 vote, with board members Marion Key and Bob Todd opposed.

Revenues are expected to total $163.14 million, with $78.9 million coming from local ad valorem taxes, $81.39 million from the state and approximately $2.8 million from other revenue sources.

Expenditures. on the other hand, total $177.34 million. That represents $14.2 million in expenses over revenues for the 2012-2013 school year that begins in July.

With a projected fund balance of $803,000 as of June 30, 2013 that leaves the school board with less than $1 million to offset the shortfall likely amounting to millions of dollars this time next year. Superintendent Jeff Bearden has noted on past occasions that it will likely take reducing staff to make up the difference.

Unlike the June 4 meeting where the discussions were plentiful and resulted in a 3-2 vote, the motion to adopt Monday night came with no discussion prior to that 3-2 vote.



streetcleaner's picture

Several of us by way of this column asked the Superintendent and School Board to make hard choices spring a year ago to keep from spending our reserves. Those voices were not heeded. Now we are poised to spend all our savings and have a substantial revenue shortfall for FYE 2014. The tax rate is at it's maximum. Good teachers will leave knowing what inevitably has to come. The year's budget doesn't begin to address the problem. Woe unto Fayette County Taxpayers and Teachers. It will be interesting to see where real leadership arises from in the next school year!

...and it has been reported that he told someone that he has 200 applicants for each position open. Screen them very, very carefully Mr. Beardon.

PTC Observer's picture

If he actually said this he is inept and shortsighted as well as fiscally naive.

But then again this IS public education.

SPQR's picture

What a great legacy for the newly elected BOE members.

All the other counties are in the same fix, laying off teachers by attrition. There really arent many jobs out there in the surrounding counties. Thats why they know they can reduce our pay and benefits and we will just smile and take it. No where for us to go........

Veritas's picture

Really.... I personally know of several that left ....and just next door to Coweta! I suggest you check, as many teachers are, the HR pages of surrounding counties many are hiring!


First I'd like to point out that I said "there arent many jobs," not that there arent ANY. So just because a few people you know have managed to find position outside the county does not mean that they are hiring in droves, nor does it invalidate my point. Most of the positions open on those HR websites are for very specialized positions like special ed and chorus teacher. things that are always rare and in demand. But, and this was my point, there is no need to worry about masses of teachers from our county flocking elsewhere, there just arent enough jobs to support that kind of migration.

There are lots of teaching jobs out there, many are for Math and Science teachers (middle grades and secondary) in rural high-needs school districts including Muscogee and Meriwether counties around Columbus and in districts around Macon, Albany, Augusta, and Savannah. In these districts there is a CRITICAL need for Math, Science, and Special Education teachers. The problem is MANY teachers aren't REAL teachers, they just want to have an EASY well paying job in wealthy districts like Fayette, Coweta, and Henry. If you want to be a real teacher and do some good for kids whom need it go teach in the Atlanta Public School System, Fulton county or one of the districts I mentioned above where there is a CRITICAL shortage of teachers because no one wants to be a real teacher and teach to these kids. But above all stop crying about what the very political Fayette County School Board is doing. If you are worried about your teaching job here, go somewhere they really need you and where they will really appreciate you and respect you for coming there. Go be a REAL teacher and teach the kids who really need you and who are really dying to learn and have someone give them the attention. These kids actually want to learn but can't because of the quality of teaching there and all the many issues in their homes.

1)Im missing the target? thats funny, since this coment thread was about wheather teachers will leave or not, not if student in atlanta are more deserving of quality teachers than fayette kids.
2) There may or may not be jobs in rural areas (there arent, rural areas are even more broke than fayette) but its unrealistic to expect a teacher to spontaneously pack up and move their family and expect a spouse to find a new job in a rural area. The expense of that would be enormous plus the potential loss of spouses income. Most people wont make that leap over a few % pay cut, which is why i said we didnt need to worry about all the teachers leaving. Plus, any jobs available are FAR more likely to be filled with new, 1st year teachers. In a down economy, why pay someone 55k to do a job you could pay someone 35k to do?
3) you said "MANY teachers aren't REAL teachers, they just want to have an EASY well paying job in wealthy districts like Fayette, Coweta, and Henry. If you want to be a real teacher and do some good for kids whom need it go teach in the Atlanta Public School System, Fulton county" Seriously? So teachers in Fayette arent real teachers? And the kids in atlanta need real techers, but the kids in Fayette don't? And only teachers who teach in APS and fulton county are "real" teachers? Seriously, that has to be the stupidest and most insulting thing ive ever heard on these forums. What makes those kids more deserving of a REAL teacher than the kids in this county? Your whole statement is rediculous. You assume that I dont feel appreciated here, but I do. A lot moreso than I would in APS. What makes you assume that all kids in Atl are poor, and therefore need special help? my best friend lives in Atl by phipps plaza. his kids go to an extremely sought after elementary school Sarah Smith, arguably one of the best in the state. so what does location have to do with it? Or are you forgetting that neighborhoods like Johns Creek are in Fulton county.
4) are you really insisting that kids in atlanta are "really dying to learn" but kids in Fayette arent? Is that why they dont need real teachers? I love the students that i have. Why would I want to trade them off?
5) heres a new concept for you. Its called "Loyalty to the Community." I grew up in FayCo, because it had great schools and my folks knew it was a great place to raise kids. I graduated from FCHS myself. Now having been gone for over a decade (college/military) I live here myself and teach here too. I want to raise my kids here. I enjoyed the fruits of FayCo in the fat years, am I supposed to abandon this place over a few % in the lean years? What kind of person would that make me? A fair weather friend of the worst sort. No Thank you. Ill not abandon the place I was raised to make few hundred more in Meriwether or Fulton just so you can think I'm a "real" teacher. Because, unlike you, what I am is a REAL citizen of this county.

Out of the 60 or so teachers we have at my school, 7 or 8 will not be returning next year. Some of them left for greener pastures in other states, some retired, and some left because they were able to get paid more in other surrounding counties. The citizens of Fayette county need to know that teachers ARE leaving. Yes, the current job market is not helping in regards to teacher relocation efforts, but once things improve and the market loosens up, I would assume more teachers will be preparing to leave.
This county cannot expect to continue to attract high-quality teachers with the financial mess we are in. Our pay scale pales in comparison to other surrounding counties, and I think in time, you will see this county be less attractive educators.
I don't understand why people are under the impression that teachers are not leaving because of this mess?

Concerned Citizen

streetcleaner's picture

Good systems are always looking for good teachers, as are top private schools.

I'll believe Bearden is serious when LEC and county level positions are cut by 25%. Schools will do just fine without the so-called "support." I know some teachers who haven't seen their curriculum chair in over three years!

but i still dont know what he does! and im pretty sure he gets a six figure salary. and a secretary ( oh yes, he has one).

Veritas's picture


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