By REBECCA LEFTWICH
A called meeting of the Coweta County Board of Education on Tuesday will give members an opportunity for a final vote on the 2019 fiscal year budget.
The board, which gave tentative approval to a $209 million budget at its regular June 12 meeting, also will vote on whether the school system will invest in multi-year contracts for educational software that could save the school system $300,000 over the next three years.
Superintendent Steve Barker will recommend board approval of three-year contracts for software – much of which already is being used in classrooms and on school system-issued student Chromebooks – which aligns with Georgia standards and information the school system has obtained from its standardized assessments.
Educational software is purchased with money set aside for digital resources in the 2012 educational Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax.
The 2019 budget provides a 1 percent cost-of-living raise for all school system employees and doesn’t require a millage rate increase. The board intends to keep the 18.59 millage rate that has been in place since 2004.
The budget also:
• Maintains a 180-day instructional calendar and all current instructional programs for students.
• Provides step increases for certified and classified employees, where due.
• Fully funds an increase in the school system’s contributions to the state Teacher Retirement System.
• Provides a 15 percent increase in bus driver pay.
• Allows for 10 additional teaching positions system-wide.
• Sets aside funding for additional school resource officers.
If approved, the 2019 fiscal year budget will take effect July 1. Tuesday’s called meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Coweta County Board of Education office, 237 Jackson Street in Newnan.
Information from two public budget workshops preceding the June 12 vote is available at www.cowetaschools.net on the Budget, Financial and SPLOST Information page. The page also provides links to current FY2019 revenue and expenditure detail, along with several years’ worth of school system budget information, millage rate history, tax digest information, school system annual audit reports and annual ESPLOST reports.