Finance Committee Chairwoman Kelley Dial said during the Cartersville City Board of Education's Thursday work session, although Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax revenue remains above average, totaling $342,743 in collections during January, the school system will be looking to come up with about $2 million.
"[The finance committee] had a lengthy discussion about our budget situation for not just next year, but the next three years, and looking at the state of the legislature and the state of our revenues, and we've got a good many different options we're looking at, but it's safe to say that between cuts in various things and revenue enhancement, that we're going to have to come up with a little more than $2 million probably to get us where we need to be," Dial said. "... We have the situation where need to put more money in the bank at the end of the fiscal year so we can make it through until taxes come in so we don't have to borrow money."
The Daily Tribune News will provide updates on the budget as they develop.
Dial also recommended the board vote to increase the cost of school lunches by 25 cents beginning in the fall.
"[The increase] is primarily due to the [Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010] we have to deal with, and it's been quite some time since our school lunch prices have gone up," Dial said.
"We actually got a waiver last year to not [raise lunch prices], so this year we have to do it," Hinesley said.
The board held a called meeting after the work session to vote on personnel, which included accepting the resignation and retirement of 12 individuals across the school system.
When asked if these positions would become available for the fall, Superintendent Howard Hinesley replied, "With the revenue data we have, we have to make possible to protect as many teaching positions as we possibly can, and so through attrition and through transfers, we'll have to look at what our staffing model is over the next several weeks. ... To say which [positions] will be available is premature."
The board will hold its regular business session on Monday, March 12, in the central office boardroom.