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BOARD OF EDUCATION APPROVES FY 2020 BUDGET

At its June 13 meeting, the Clarke County School District Board of Education approved a Fiscal Year 2020 budget of $164,699,956. The budget includes a $3,000 raise for every teacher and a 2 percent raise for all non-teaching personnel.  

This is the second consecutive year the CCSD administration has submitted a balanced budget to the Board of Education and the community for consideration. The focus of the budget is on strengthening student safety, supporting the social-emotional health of students and staff, and providing access to various pathways for all kinds of learners within the district.

The recommendations and initiatives within the budget reflect the district’s values of fiscal responsibility through a balanced budget, increased campus safety, and support for the social-emotional health of all children.

“We are excited to move forward with a balanced budget that meets the social and emotional needs of all of our students. Budgeting is a process of articulating an organization’s values,” said Dr. Demond Means, Superintendent of Clarke County Schools.  “The feedback and input provided throughout this process have been informative in clarifying these values for our administration. We are prepared to implement effective instructional strategies to meet the needs of our students.”

The budget includes athletic training services at Cedar Shoals and Clarke Central High Schools, along with the new positions of assistant police chief, English for speakers of other languages (ESOL) secretary, community support specialist and Communities in Schools coordinators at Alps Road and Gaines Elementary Schools. It also features an enhanced secondary school alternative education model and a third-party administrator for substitute teachers.   

The district presented the budget on May 9. Subsequently,  a special meeting was held on May 23 to answer questions from the board. Additionally, the district held three budget hearings to solicit feedback and input from the public.

In response to feedback from the public, the administration opted not to re-allocate Local School Governance Team Innovation Grant funds to provide increased social-emotional support staff in schools, as was initially proposed.  Instead, a portion of the social-emotional support staff proposal will be implemented through the use of Title IV-A funds to finance two additional counselors and one school-based health clinic paraprofessional.