Superintendent will present FY15 fund budget to board

lgierer@ledger-enquirer.comJune 1, 2014 

Muscogee County School District Superintendent David Lewis will present his tentative general fund budget for fiscal year 2015 to the school board during a called meeting Monday night.

The meeting will begin at 5 p.m. in the Muscogee County Public Education Center on Macon Road.

According to the school board agenda, the tentative FY15 budget must be adopted at a meeting two weeks prior to the adoption of the final budget.

A public hearing on the budget will be at a school board work session on June 9. The final budget will be presented at a June 16 board meeting.

In other business, there will be a final public hearing on the fiscal year 2015 millage levy. The school district is not increasing the millage rate, but growth in the digest will produce an increase of tax revenue of approximately 1 percent.

The Lewis administration began planning for FY15, which begins July 1, with a projected shortfall of $10 million to $11 million.

Since March, the school board has approved the superintendent's central office reorganization, reduction of high school schedules from eight periods to seven periods (allowing for high school staff to be cut by as much as 15 percent) and the consolidation of pre-kindergarten from 30 sites to nine sites.

These are all expected to help reduce expenses.

Naomi Buckner, who represents District 4, said this budget might be a little more difficult than others because of the many planned changes in the school system. She said there will likely be a good number of questions asked, especially about jobs, and that board members will be seeking clarity in some areas.

School district communications director Valerie Fuller said in May that 31 people have not been offered a teaching contract for the 2014-2015 based on reduction of budgeted positions, which are related to the high school and middle school scheduling changes.

-- Staff writer Mark Rice contributed to this report.

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