The Dade County Board of Education held a Special Called Meeting on Thursday, June 19 for the purpose of approving a tentative budget.
The Board unanimously passed the $17.38 million dollar budget for fiscal year 2015.
The tentative budget has a shortfall of some $630,000 dollars which will be taken care of from the 2.7 million dollar cash reserve that is now in place.
The Board is required to keep a cash reserve on hand and they always try to keep at least 2 million dollars in that reserve. With the current shortfall they will still be able to maintain that reserve.
This budget restores three instructional days for students that have been cut in past years as all schools systems in Georgia have struggle balancing budgets during the hard economic times.
Also included in this year’s budget is $10,500 for the Dade County Public Library. Funds for the library were cut in last year’s budget. Funding is based on $5 per student in Dade County schools and is below past funding levels but shows the systems efforts to work with the public library.
This budget also has only one assistant superintendent instead of the two in past years. Some of the Race to the Top money funded one and that program has gone away.
Billy Hooker is the assistant superintendent and was paid through Race to the Top. Swader, who is now Superintendent was the other assistant.
The FY 2105 budget includes a new teacher for Dade Elementary, an additional special educational teacher at Dade Elementary, and a teacher for the vision impaired.
June McCormick was hired by the Board as the vision impaired teacher and she will work with all the Dade County Schools.
Also included in the FY 2015 budget is an engineering teacher who will work at Dade Middle and Dade County High School. Currently art, band, chorus, and drama teachers rotate between schools as well.
A copy of the FY 2015 school system budget can be found below.