School board presents FY15 fund budget for public discussion

lgierer@ledger-enquirer.comJune 8, 2014 

The Muscogee County School District administration building is at 2960 Macon Road.

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There will be more discussion on the Muscogee County School District general fund budget for Fiscal Year 2015 at Monday's work session of the Muscogee County School Board.

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

At a special called meeting June 2, superintendent David Lewis presented his preliminary budget, which was approved by the board. The final budget will be voted upon June 16.

The budget includes layoffs of 69 school-based personnel.

The preliminary budget for the fiscal year, which begins July 1, projects $264,717,610 in expenditures, which is $5.9 million (2.2 percent) less than the fiscal year 2014 original budget.

According to the district's chief financial officer Sharon Adams, the 69 layoffs amount to about $7 million in savings.

The budget also includes the closing of the Patterson Planetarium at Fort Middle School.

The budget keeps the millage rate at 23.37 for the 18th straight year and features no teacher furloughs.

In other business to be discussed:

• The board is being asked to approve a Fiscal Year budget of $8,012,378 for Chattahoochee Valley Libraries. It is also being asked to approve $279,328.24 for proposed enhancements to the Columbus Public Library. The money comes from the 199 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax. Included among those enhancements are an electric security gate, an air conditioning unit, furniture and books.

• The board is being asked to approve a resolution to close Cusseta Road Elementary School and Muscogee Elementary School and merge the students into the new Dorothy Height Elementary School currently under construction. As required by the Georgia Board of Education, two public hearings have been held on the subject.

• A lease agreement that will let Columbus Bank & Trust lease a portion of the Lonnie Jackson Academy site for parking space will be discussed.

• The board will received a status report on all school district construction.

• Robbie Holt, the director of arts and humanities, will give a report from the Division of Teaching and Learning.

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