This number is up from $21,779,245 last year, but extra funds are needed for a growing student body. The overall budget still represents a $1,858,385 drop from 2009.
An addition of 121 students for the coming school year has “increased already large class sizes,” City School Superintendent Michele Taylor explained. The system is adding four teaching positions to accommodate the growth.
Yearly school district expenditures per student continue to be lower than most surrounding districts at $8,010, versus $9,595 for Dalton city schools, $9,039 for Cartersville city schools, and $8,879 for Rome city schools.
This year, there will be four teacher days added back to the schedule. City schools officials opted to step workdays up to 184 days from 180.
Students will attend school 178 days.
A normal teacher schedule in years past was 190 days with 180 student days.
“Our goal is to begin adding back instructional student days and professional learning days,” according to Taylor. “We do feel like every day matters.”
Although some revenues are estimated to increase from last year, there has still been a significant drop from three years ago.
Local tax revenues for 2012 are estimated at $10,452,500, up from $9,647,500 in estimated 2011 collections. However, this year’s estimates still represent a $555,687 decrease from the $11,008187 collected in 2009, Taylor pointed out.
State QBE (Quality Basic Education) revenues for 2012 are estimated at $12,647,465, up from $11,854,133 estimated for 2011. The 2012 estimates are still down $1,302,698 from 2009 allotments, however.
Federal American Reinvestment and Recovery Act funds will no longer be part of the revenues budgeted for 2012; estimated 2011 allotments have dwindled to $277,612.
The system has worked to reduce spending since 2009, Taylor said.
Some of the more significant reductions to the general budget from throughout the system include: vacancies not being filled unless student instruction or support was directly affected; delayed capital investments like buses and facility upgrades; supply conservation; cuts made to professional travel and training; and substitute teacher cost cuts.
Also, 252-day employees’ schedules have been reduced to 240 days, and athletic supplements have been reduced by 3 percent, she said.