2009-07-15 / Front Page

BOE approves budget with no tax increase

By Deborah Bennett Millen News Editor

The Jenkins County Board of Education (BOE) approved during its regular June meeting the 2009-2010 budget in the amount of $11,256,419. School Superintendent Melissa Williams previously indicated that the budget did not include additional local revenues.

"I am extremely pleased that we were able to develop a budget that provides for the instructional needs of students and is within defined parameters, thus, no tax increase," she said in a recent press release.

The approved budget is expected to create a fund balance of $1,009,515 as of June 30, 2010.

In a related matter, the Jenkins County School Food Service budget was approved in the amount of $1,022,008.

Stimulus monies provided to the local school system through the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act allowed the employment of a special education math facilitator for grades 6-12 for the 2009-2010 school year. Damita Bynes was approved for the position for a 12-month contract.

Also approved for employment were Carrie Cook and Eleanor Jackson, teachers at Jenkins County Elementary School (JCES); Angela Lee, paraprofessional at JCES; Julie Chance, Federal Programs Manager with a 12 months contract; and Bessie Collins, payroll clerk. The resignation of Dianne Brinson, paraprofessional at JCES was accepted.

Superintendent Williams reported school fund balances, as of May 30, as follows: General Fund - $1,414,637.13; Capital Projects - $61,376.53; Debt Service - $456,187.37; and Jenkins County School Food Service - $313,284.45.

An inquiry was made regarding recommendations made in the FY08 audit report relating to the school accounts and separation of duties. School principals are to work with office staff to rectify the issues.

Other actions taken by the BOE included the following:

• Approved the re-appointment of Diane Wade to serve on the Jenkins County Memorial Library Board;

• Approved a change in grading procedures at Jenkins County High School to allow each semester grade to stand alone and not be averaged;

• Authorized superintendent to negotiate a settlement with insurance company for property damage to school bus involved in April accident;

• Awarded milk bid for school year 2009-2010 to Dairyland in amount of $62,131.75;

• Awarded bread bid for school year 2009-2010 to Derst Baking Company in the amount of $14,615.60;

• Authorized renewal of property and liability insurance with GSBA Risk Management Services at an estimated premium of $48,458;

• Approved proposal from GSBA Risk Management Services for workers compensation insurance with a premium of $56,182;

• Approved textbook adoptions as discussed;

• Approved a slot in payroll for a 403(b) plan with Horace Mann Companies and a slot for benefits with AFLAC, contingent upon 10 percent of staff participation; and

• Approved several fundraising activities at the schools.

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