The Griffin-Spalding Board of Education reviewed the proposed budget for FY2014. . Assistant Superintendent Jim Smith and Finance Director Ryan McLemore led the board through the details of the $76 million general fund budget. A budget must be adopted before July 1, 2013 for the coming school year.
Revenue will see local contributions down 2.4%, however state will be up 2.5% and Federal as well up 1.9%.
Highlights of the proposed budget include:
Millage rate remains the same at 19.47
Students will attend a full 180 days
Full year work calendar for all staff
No salary increases
Health insurance rising by $500,000
Full-time counselors at each elementary school
One school resource officer at each secondary school
Increases in property and liability insurance, fuel and Teacher Retirement System contributions
School lunch prices for next year are already set at breakfast $1.25, elementary lunch $2.25, secondary lunch $2.50 and adult lunch $3.50. Estimates are that 74% of the student body will be eligible for free or reduced priced meals this fall.
Eighty-five percent of the district budget is payroll with 77.6% of the budget going directly to instruction. The proposed budget also includes funds for SAT/ACT preparation, Virtual Academy and College and Career Academy planning. The district will add an instructional technology trainer to assist teachers with using new technology.
Budget information will be posted on the district website www.spalding.k12.ga.us