The Dawson County Board of Education held its first of two hearings last night to hear the tentative fiscal year 2020 budgets from Financial Director Jamie Ulrich.
In the presentation at the May 14 meeting, the tentative general fund budget is $50,696,932 with an ending fund balance of about $5.1 million.
It is about a $3 million increase from the FY19 budget that was set at $47,766,471 in June of 2018.
In the tentative numbers, the school system has projected for a tax digest increase of 10 percent, though those projections could change when the school system receives the final tax digest projections from the county in the summer.
The school system anticipates about $23.4 million will come from ad valorem taxes based on the current 15.778 millage rate, the rate that has been in place since 2016.
The majority of the general fund budget (87.21 percent) is allocated to employee salaries and benefits.
Also included in the general fund budget is the employee compensation raises approved by Gov. Brian Kemp earlier this year. It includes a 2 percent increase for classified employees as well as the $3,000 pay raise for certified employees which amounts to $1,992,380. The school system will receive additional state revenue amounting to $1,062,355 which will help to offset the costs for employee compensation raises, teacher retirement and other additional positions.
Other budgets discussed at the hearing include those for debt service, capital projects, Title I, Title IIA, Title VIB, federal preschool, Bright Start, Ivey funds, JROTC and school food service.
The second budget hearing will be at 6 p.m. June 18 at the Dawson County Schools Board of Education meeting room at 28 Main Street in Dawsonville.
In other business:
The Dawson County Board of Education recognized 15 groups of students and staff at their May 14 meeting including:
- - Young Georgia Author Winners from Robinson Elementary School: fourth grader William Holloway and fifth grader Brianna Escoto
- - The Kilough Elementary School Reading Bowl Team members Maris Ulery, Emersen Stevens, Megan Bearden, Madeline Clifford, Kaley Geraghty, Clara Baldwin, Elizabeth Myasovsky and Cali Padilla, and sponsors Kristi Bearden and Patty Adams
- - Dawson County High School State Literary Meet: Kailee LeBel, region champion for International Extemporaneous Speaking; and region champion and fifth in the state Girls Trio Grace Summerour, Maggie Wright and Piper Wright
- - DCHS Girls golf team
- - DCHS Boys golf team
- - DCHS Girls tennis team
- - DCHS Boys tennis team
- - DCHS Track team
- - STAR Student Will Mulberry and STAR Teacher Laura Hendrix
- - Dawson County Junior High School Principal Connie Stovall who was recently named National Distinguished Principal
- - The Dawson County Schools Nutrition employees, for serving 377,436 student lunches, 195,264 student breakfasts, 6,567 after school snacks and 6,262 Seamless Summer meals since the beginning of the school year
- - The school nurses who provide both physical and mental health services to faculty, staff and students
- - Retiring employees: Jackie Lynn, Black’s Mill Elementary; Brenda Abercrombie, Darlene Gilleland and Leslie Morasky, Kilough Elementary; Julia Mashburn and Pam Talley, Riverview Elementary; Florica Lucaciu, Robin Sanford and Tina Stowers, Robinson Elementary; Tami Barrett, Dawson County Middle; Kim Baker, Dawson County Junior High; Jeff Gerrell, Dawson County High; and Sheila Brooksher, Rock Brown, Shari Chastain, Beth Jarrett, Lisa Perry and Teresa Worley, central office.