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Board of Education approves ESPLOST requests, spending resolution at June meeting
Dawson County BOE
The Board of Education building at 28 Main Street. - photo by Erica Jones

During the June 16 meeting of the Dawson County Board of Education, board members approved a spending resolution for the month of July.

“Based on the lack of information for the FY21 budget, we simply don’t have the information needed to create a budget,” Gibbs said. “So the spending resolution will say that the Dawson County Board of Education has been unable to adopt a budget and we’re asking to spend no more than one-twelfth of last year’s budget to maintain operations during the month of July.”

According to Gibbs, the board hopes to have more information from the state on school funding soon, so a budget can be finalized for the upcoming school year. 

“I anticipate an August spending resolution as well while we’re working through our budget process, but we should have budget numbers from the state by next week,” Gibbs said, “or at least preliminary numbers for us to work from.”

ESPLOST requests approved

Board members also approved several ESPLOST funding requests for three separate projects. These projects included $75,000 in funding to move Hightower Academy onto the Dawson County High School campus, $55,000 in funding for moving the Crossroads Discipline Program to the Dawson County Junior High School campus and $150,000 in funding for Technology Department and District Registration to be moved to the current Hightower Academy facility. 

Under the board’s approval, Hightower Academy Crossroads Discipline Program, Crossroads and district registration will be in place before the beginning of the 2020-21 school year. Technology modifications will be completed later in the fall.

All votes were unanimous unless otherwise noted.