Originally created 05/26/98

Trustees to meet over new budget



Columbia County school trustees will meet at 5 p.m. today to take another look at the proposed budget for 1998-99, as Superintendent Tom Dohrmann presents recommendations for "adjustments and realignments" to the $88.3 million plan.

Tentative approval of the budget was an agenda item for the board's last meeting May 12, but Dr. Dohrmann asked trustees to postpone the vote until tonight so he could make his proposals in a public budget hearing.

"At that time, we will openly discuss any recommendations in public, then go for tentative approval of the budget," he said.

Vice chair Debbi Brooks said she would prefer to vote on the budget that's already been presented and consider any changes later.

"I usually don't vote on something unless I've had time to really look at it," she said. "Sometimes things sound good at first until you have time to find out a little more information."

Also on tonight's agenda is a discussion of middle school foreign language curriculum and two science classes that may be added to the college prep curriculum.

Ecology has previously been offered as a tech prep course, Mrs. Brooks said, but the state board recently decided it could count toward college prep credit as well.

The other science course, Principles of Technology, is a new class that may be added to the science curriculum.

"I understand it is an applied physics course that they'll allow for college prep," Mrs. Brooks said. "In the past anything in the applied areas has gone toward tech prep."

Board members also will be asked to approve a $129,711 contract for Thomson Roofing to replace part of the roof at Grovetown Elementary School.

The company was the only bidder in Thursday's bid opening, according to Buildings and Grounds director Bill Pittman.