A proposed $222 million school system general fund budget got tentative approval from the Coweta County Board of Education Tuesday.
Board members voted 5-1 – with Linda Menk opposed – to give first approval to the 2020 fiscal year spending plan. The general fund budget consists of dollars the board itself controls and does not include special funds from state and federal programs.
As is historically the case, personnel is the largest expenditure at just under 91 percent of the budget. This year, it includes a $3,000 raise for certified teachers, a 2.5 percent increase in pay for classified employees and salary steps for certified and classified employees, where due.
The proposed 2020 budget also would fund new teaching positions system-wide, fully fund an anticipated increase in the school system’s contributions to the state Teacher Retirement System, provide an increase in the school system’s matching contributions to the Communities In Schools program and would otherwise maintain the current student calendar of 180 instructional days and the current instructional program for students.
After it was introduced at the Coweta County Board of Education’s May 14 meeting, the budget was reviewed at two workshops held by the school board. The annual workshops allow board members to review projected expenditures and expenses for the upcoming year.
Coweta County Schools operate within a fiscal year that begins July 1 and ends June 30. The school board is expected to call a special meeting June 25 to consider final adoption of the 2020 budget.
To view budget information and other financial documents, visit the Coweta County School System website at www.cowetaschools.net .