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School board approves final $145M budget

COVINGTON -- The Newton County Board of Education approved a final budget for next school year without further discussions.

During its regular session monthly meeting on Tuesday, the board unanimously approved its $145 million budget, which is nearly 3 percent higher than last school year's budget, mainly due to increases in state retirement and health benefits.

The board had approved a tentative budget for the Newton County School System for the 2012-13 school year in May and has made no changes or held any further discussions since then.

Next school year, which begins July 1, is expected to begin with a $15,596,531 fund balance carried over from this school year. The year will end June 30, 2013 with a more than $10 million balance, which is somewhat less than the state recommended 7 percent, according to Dr. Dennis Carpenter, deputy superintendent of Operations at NCSS.

Local revenues are estimated to be at $52,650,204, or about 36 percent of the budget, while state resources are expected to be $92,762,178.

The budget is expected to support enrollment between 17,621 and 19,224 students; this school year ended with an enrollment of 18,919 students. The estimate includes about 9,400 elementary school students, about 4,800 middle school students and about 5,800 high school students.

Class sizes are expected to be between 21 and 32 students per class next school year, and state waivers could allow for between one and three more students in some instances.

Major expenditures in the budget include $116,838,634 in salaries and benefits, which makes up more than 86 percent of the budget, as well as nearly $5.1 million for utilities and fuel, nearly $4.7 million for repairs and maintenance, nearly $2.7 million in instructional textbooks and supplies, nearly $850,000 in equipment and furniture and nearly $5.3 in other departments, like professional learning, insurance, professional services and fees.

The board plans to adopt a millage rate on July 17. It is expected to increase to 21.90 from 21.073, including 20 mills for maintenance and operations and an estimated 1.9 for debt services, which would be an increase from 1.073; however, NCSS is expected to receive the final tax digest sometime this month.

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henrystamm 1 year, 10 months ago

Why are the administration costs, like salaries and benefits not reported separately? Are protecting the incompetent leaches? They probable cost us half of the teachers’ expenditure. Just incredible, throw all of the elected office holders out of office this November regardless of them being Black, White and/or Brown.

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Frustrated 1 year, 10 months ago

Okay let me get this straight...they are starting the new budget with a surplus AND they want to raise the millage rate? Seems like there shouldnt be an increase if they have a surplus left from last year of $10 million. Surely the retirement and health benefits didnt increase THAT much.

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tomgahunter 1 year, 10 months ago

MATHEWS,GARY S SUPERINTENDENT $169,399.96 HAYDEN,LINDA D DEPUTY/ASSOC/ASSISTANT SUPT $121,839.60 THOMAS,SHARI N PRINCIPAL $117,229.65 CARPENTER,DENNIS L DEPUTY/ASSOC/ASSISTANT SUPT $112,825.56 SKINNER,CARL JOSEPH DIRECTOR OF CURRICULUM/INSTR $110,388.24 RODDENBERRY,DENNIS L PRINCIPAL $109,617.48 PROCTOR,KENNETH M DIRECTOR OF CURRICULUM/INSTR $107,069.40 CARPENTER,LAQUANDA BROWN PRINCIPAL $106,084.56 MALLARD,RENEE A PRINCIPAL $104,112.06 JORDAN,SYLVIA I ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL $103,339.78 SHATTUCK,GARY L TECHNOLOGY DIRECTOR $101,773.80 GAMMANS,BRENDA K PRINCIPAL $101,351.47 SMITH,RUTH ANNE PRINCIPAL $101,351.47 JONES,MIRANDA G PRINCIPAL $101,162.25 BULLARD,PEGGYANN WILSON FINANCE/BUSINESS SERVICE MGR $100,549.08 WOODARD,JAMES R VOCATIONAL DIRECTOR $97,930.44 LEE,VICTOR PRINCIPAL $97,036.58 SAULS,GROVER SCOTT PRINCIPAL $96,879.76 THOMAS,SHEILA GOODWIN TITLE I DIRECTOR $96,784.92 WEST,SARAH MCCAULEY SPECIAL EDUCATION DIRECTOR $96,729.84 THOMAS,LORRAINE FLY PRINCIPAL $95,999.90 COBB,NAOMI R PRINCIPAL $94,357.66 COADY,KIM S PRINCIPAL $93,646.34 ADAMS,JILL MARIE STURGE ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL $93,585.49 FENDLEY,RANAE LEE DIRECTOR OF STUDENT SERVICES $93,163.20 FUHREY,SAMANTHA M DIRECTOR OF CURRICULUM/INSTR $93,163.20 DAVIS,G W PRINCIPAL $92,423.66 DODSON,LIZZELLA PRINCIPAL $92,423.66 OWENS,SANDRA J ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL $92,348.99 SANDERS,TONJANETTE NYREE PERSONNEL/HUMAN RESOURCES DIR $91,710.60 MCCOLUMN,BRUCE R ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL $91,348.66 PEEK,JAMES E PRINCIPAL $89,993.80 CURRY,TAKILA LYNETTE PRINCIPAL $88,918.34 VRABLE,EDWARD L SPECIAL EDUCATION SPECIALIST $88,679.28 LOOMANS,JAN A FOOD SERVICE ADMINISTRATOR $88,371.48 GRIFFITH,GLORIA HARLEY ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL $87,948.36 PECK JR,GARNER L PRINCIPAL $87,603.50 HOFFMAN,KIRK C IN-SCHOOL SUSP TEACHER $87,428.56 SATTERFIELD,ROBERT A PRINCIPAL $86,974.55 LAWRENCE,VERONICA ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL $86,694.41 DINARDO,LYNNE M ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL $86,511.95 DUBOIS,HOLLY PRINCIPAL $84,310.59 CURTIS,TRACEY ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL $83,794.41 DIXON,CAROLYN ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL $83,794.41 BARR,MICHAEL C TRANSPORTATION DIRECTOR/MGR $83,681.61 ANDERSON,ERICKA L PRINCIPAL $83,222.22 HOOPER,DONNA SPECIAL EDUCATION SPECIALIST $82,454.10 SNEED,CHRISTINA B SPECIAL EDUCATION SPECIALIST $82,229.40 DAVIS,TROY HANSARD ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL $81,743.13

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Frustrated 1 year, 10 months ago

An average salary of $96,366.96. You think someone may be getting overpaid? Make you just say hmmmmmm.

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HonestAbe 1 year, 10 months ago

Thank you Tomgahunter. I didn't do good in math so please tell me how much could be saved if you took out the salaries of say- the two Carpenters and cut say 10% off the salaries of everyone else you named. I believe this is about the average drop of salaries for most other Newton County citizens during this economic downturn.

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henrystamm 1 year, 10 months ago

Tomgahunter, great job. This is exactly what I meant about waste, the salaries do not reflect the benefits these overpaid and under worked munchlings are getting. It looks like that half of the teachers reported budget goes to waste with these people. Any one on that list must get a cut of of 25% if they make more than $40,000, and 40% if they are making over $100,000 a year. As far as the benefits are concerned they must be cut to what an average worker gets outside the Union blackmailed workers get. Now since the BOE has a surplus the additional savings shall be distributed as follows: Half of the above position are probably just political appointees and must be eliminated by a voluntary board of Newton County Citizen without pay. 1) Cut the taxes in half for all of us hardworking taxpayers. 2) Increase pay to all teachers that are making less than $30,000.00 A novel approach.

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HonestAbe 1 year, 10 months ago

Looking at the Georgia.gov website Newton County School millage rates are one of only 8 counties that had a millage rate of 20 above millage. This was for the 2011 which is the most current posted. Many of these 8 did not have a bond added on. This was higher mil than Gwinnette, Cobb and even Fulton County. Of course Rockdale is higher so we must be competing with them. How can so many of these counties run their school systems on 15 to 16 mills yet we can't. Maybe the answer is in Tomgahunter's posting above. Are we that much better a school system than these other counties?

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livingart 1 year, 9 months ago

No - our education is NOT better than anyone, but we sure pay a lot more than most. Maybe it is time taxpayers said NO to more monies for the BOE. I have lost my benefits but I am to make sure my taxes pay for others - go figure.....I am not happy about any of these decisions by either board in Newton County.. What would happen, if other property owners are looking to leave this county as I am doing soon.

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mani8733 1 year, 2 months ago

Georgia is an open record state. All salaries can be found at http://www.open.georgia.gov/

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