It’s time to talk finances for the Coweta County School System.
The Coweta County Board of Education will hold a called meeting tonight at 6:30 at 237 Jackson St. to work through its 2018 budget. Superintendent Steve Barker presented a first draft of the Fiscal Year 2018 budget to board members at their regular meeting May 9.
Initial numbers show projected expenditures of around $194 million, 4 percent higher than the budget for the current fiscal year. Salaries and benefits make up about 91 percent of the budget – approximately $177 million – with operating expenses such as utilities, fuel, instructional supplies, regular maintenance and insurance rounding out the remainder of the expenses.
Capital projects, which are funded through a combination of special local taxes designated for education and state funds, are not part of the school system’s regular budget.
Also at its May meeting, the board:
Approved an intergovernmental agreement between Coweta County and the Coweta County School System for track paving at East Coweta Middle School
Approved the use of $272,000 in funds available through the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) – which cannot be carried over – to purchase equipment to help students with disabilities access the Chromebooks that are assigned to them.