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Page 5B June 26, 2019 iR l orter e By Diane Glidewel| pay scale is exactly the same as Daniel gave the board a first million because of increased ployees, comparing their pay in 2016-17 [for certified teach- look at the general fund budget property values, primarily new other school systems. ers]." on May 28. He said that 88 to construction. Superintendent Dr. Mike A part of the 2019-20 budget Besides the $3,000 annual 89 percent of the expenses are At the June 11 meeting, Dan- Hickman noted that the base is determining how Monroe increase for teachers, Daniel for salaries and benefits for iel recommended a 5 percent number of hours for bus drivers County schools will handle recommended adding $3,000 school system employees. The increase for paraprofessionals, was increased from four to five the $3,000 raise the state an- to each step on the pay scale Teacher Retirement System At the May 28 meeting he had hours last year, substantially nounced for teachers. Although for administrators and add- contribution from the school recommended 9 percent for giving them a 20 percent raise. the legislature is giving local ing 2 percent to the salaries of system increased from 20.9paraprofessionals, but he said 9 "Do you expect any millage school boards appropriations clerical employees, the Title 1 percent of gross salary to 21.14 percent caused a problem with increase?" asked board member to help fund the raises, it is up Parent Involvement Special- percent. Property insurance is federal funds that pay some of Stuart Pippin. to local boards to determine ist, nurses, bus drivers and expected to increase because of the paraprofessionals. Daniel said he does not exactly how to use that money, bus monitors. There would be hurricane damage. "The 9 percent increase shot anticipate asking for a millage The state is funding the raise no change in athletic coach- Daniel said when the stateholes in our federal budget, increase but there may be a tax for 275 certified positions in ing supplements or substitute promised teacher pay raises We can mitigate it with a 5 increase because of growth in Monroe County, but Monroe teacher pay. Pay for substitutes in 2016-17 Monroe County percent increase" said Daniel. the digest. County Board of Education increased last year and a study began giving an extra check to "We pledge to pick up the rest "I would be very surprised to plans to extend the $3,000 raise on coaching supplements isteachers on Jan. 15 to cover it of it next year. 5 percent is still see a rollback" said Daniel. to about 350 employees, includ- planned for next year. because BOE did not know if higher than the 2 percent for He said to cut expenses, Mon- ing administrators. Monroe County BOE is work-it would be able to sustain the others in the system. Now the roe County schools would have Assistant Superintendent ing to set a $44 million budget raise. It has, and the amount is top pay will be $17.42 per hour to cut people. Since BOE has to Jackson Daniel said that for 2019-20. It held one meet- now a part of base pay. Because instead of $18.50 per hour." have a budget by July I but the because Georgia gives local ing for public input on June 18 teachers say they like getting Board member Greg Head tax digest will not be available boards flexibility in spend- and the final meeting for public the check in January, the system had encouraged the school until at least six weeks after ing state money as they see fit, input on Tuesday, June 25. No has continued to pay that way. system to find a way to sub- that, there is a lot of guessing that part of the budget is not a one attended to comment. Daniel emphasized that thestantially increase the salaries at how much revenue there will simple calculation. Teachers' The school system's budgetJanuary check is not a bonus, of paraprofessionals because be. The state sets have no local salaries are based on experi- runs from July to June; so even He said Monroe County has of their importance in thecontrol over them. ence, length of service (step though local millage rates aren't earned $26.3 million from the classroom. He also asked The 2019-20 budget projects raises), educational degrees, set and it is still hiring some state for next year based on that Monroe County Schools$43 million in revenue and assignment (such as special personnel, it must make a good enrollment and other factors, increase the pay scale for deri- $44.2 million in expenses. The education) and such factors, guess at how much revenue it That amount can increase mid- cal employees because of how system has a $3.5 million fund "There is really no state scale can expect to come in and how year if the student count grows, much their jobs have changed, equity to carry it through the any more because of the stra- much money it will need to pay Daniel said it looks like revenue Daniel said he has initiated a beginning of the year before tegic waiver;' said Daniel. "The its expenses, from local taxes will go up $1.4 salary study for clerical em- taxes are collected. Heating & A/C, Inc. We Service All Brands of Heating & Air Conditioning Units Serving Monroe County & Surrounding Areas for over 40 years Free Estimates Financing Available Juliette Rd. 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Elrod in 1901, repair her heart: DOT says it add a turning lane to Main Street during a pa ng event is sponsored the Backlot Players. county,wide prope reevaluation Forsyth attorney Charfie Haygood is representing at least 30 landowners 23 accidents iii~i~i~ili!iii~!!/i iiiiili This look at what Monroe County residents were fMdlng in the Reporter 30, 20 and 10 yeats ago this week Is brought to you by Monroe County Memorial Chapel 'We set the standards that others follow' Harley Ray "Spanky" Beck 86 West Main Street Forsyth 478-994-4266