Richmond County school board to vote on budget, deputy superintendent selection Wednesday

The Richmond County Board of Education will vote on the final adoption of the 2012-13 budget and appoint a new deputy superintendent at a called board meeting Wednesday.

The budget includes nine furlough days, increased class sizes and the elimination of about 100 positions mostly through attrition to deal with a $34 million shortfall in revenue.

Richmond County has a $22 million decrease in state funding for 2012-13 and has faced a 50 percent increase since last year in non-certified employee health insurance costs.

The board will also approve the selection for deputy superintendent, who will replace James Whitson when he retires June 30.

About 14 candidates applied for deputy superintendent, who were narrowed to six for the interview process, according to school board attorney Pete Fletcher.

The board will vote to approve Superintendent Frank Roberson’s final selection for deputy.

Fletcher said applications for the deputy superintendent are not available upon request and are exempt from public inspection according to the Georgia Open Records Act.

The board will meet at 5 p.m. at the central office at 864 Broad Street.

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