Vote expected on general fund budget

lgierer@ledger-enquirer.comJune 16, 2013 

A vote on the general fund budget for fiscal year 2014 tops the agenda items for tonight's Muscogee County School Board meeting.

The meeting is at 6 p.m. today in the Muscogee County Public Education Center on Macon Road.

The proposed $270,596,469 budget includes no furlough days for teachers.

In other business:

• The board will vote on a contract renewal for interim Superintendent John Phillips, who is currently working part time as the search for a superintendent to replace Susan Andrews continues.

• A vote will be taken to approve or reject a proposed procedure for an FY14 reduction in force being caused by budget cuts. The proposed procedure has teachers being judged on performance rather than seniority and calls for a tribunal to which employees may appeal their firing. Last week officials said up to 20 teachers may be fired.

• The board will vote to approve or reject the appointment of Alan Harkness as director of Chattahoochee Valley Libraries.

• A vote will be taken on a board resolution that authorizes travel for board members and reimbursement for expenses to Georgia School Board Association, National School Board Association and other conferences approved by the board.

• River Road Elementary students will begin wearing uniforms in the 2013-2014 school year if the board gives its approval.

• Another vote will also concern River Road. An after-school program, similar to those at Allen Elementary, Britt David Magnet Academy and Wynnton Arts Academy, is being requested. The program would be funded through registration and weekly participation fees.

• The board will decide whether to approve proceeding with the demolition of the old school administration building at 1200 Bradley Drive and award a contract to the low bidder, Complete Demolition Services. On July 31, 2012, the board approved the transferring of the property to the Columbus Museum for its exclusive use.

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