School board holds budget hearing

Monday, May 18, 2009 3:13 PM
Last updated Friday, Jan. 8, 2010 12:23 PM
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All options are on the table as the Richmond County Board of Education wrestles with what remains of a $24.5 million projected budget shortfall.

The board held its first budget hearing this morning, but declined to remove anything from a list of cost-savings measures, which include pay cuts, furloughs and layoffs.

The pay cuts would reduce all 190-day certified employees by $750. This includes teachers, media specialists and counselors.

The options also call for furloughing all other employees for four days. Richmond County Superintendent Dana Bedden on down would be subject to furlough, and senior school leaders would give up more than than $750 each.

But there has been criticism that the board should direct more of its attention to cutting its central office staff because the school system is considered by some to be top heavy.

That isn't necessarily the case, however, according to information collected from the Governor's Office of Student Achievement, which shows Richmond County to have fewer administrators than comparable school systems.

The board will reconvene at 4 p.m. Tuesday to continue its talks. A final budget must be approved by the end of June and would go into effect July 1.

The numbers

The budget: See the Richmond County school board's proposed 2010 budget. [PDF]

Salaries: View salaries for all school employees.

2007-2008 Report Card

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System Enrollment Number of Administrators Average Annual Salary Average Number of Contract Days Average Daily Salary Average Years of Experience

Richmond County 31,822 147.43 $85,790.73 213.53 $401.78 25.09

Muscsogee County 31,731 161.49 $83,939.93 221.27 $379.36 22.66

Savannah-Chatham 32,825 188.98 $79,779.26 219.13 $364.07 20.01

Atlanta City 49,101 469.85 $88,178.84 220.83 $399.31 17.58

Bibb County 24,470 172.53 $76,320.33 207.33 $368.12 18.92

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Source: Governor's Office of Student Achievement

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Whatthetruth
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Whatthetruth 05/18/09 - 05:19 pm
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What about the statistics

What about the statistics from 08-09? There are many variables to consider with this report. You can make any statistical information look the way you wish it to be or be perceived. Furthermore this data interpretation was done before the new posts at central office were created. What is the data to date? Sorry, I am not buying this and this article makes me wonder why this "so timely" data is shared with the public. One more note, take a long look at the average daily salary and the number of contract days. Who or what positions within the district are identified as administrative? There are other employee classifications that are used so that the administrative roles will not captured by this reporting because of the mandates set by financial ratios established by the state department... Just food for thought.

whyucare
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whyucare 05/18/09 - 09:21 pm
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As always, the teachers are

As always, the teachers are expendable. No one cares about the main contributors to nourishing and preparing the minds of the community's future. It is going to be interesting to see if big bonuses are given out:))))))) I am just so disappointed in the Richmond County School System and the worthless clueless board members who all need to be replaced... Get back to the basics and allow teachers to teach. Take politics and personal gain out of the school system before it is to late....

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triscuit 05/18/09 - 09:52 pm
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Pay more attention to the

Pay more attention to the fact that many, many in Central Office do 1/2 of what they are paid to do, rather than pure numbers and percentages. That is where they should START with furloughs and paycuts, not teachers.

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conservative 05/18/09 - 11:04 pm
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Check out the RCBOE agenda

Check out the RCBOE agenda for tomorrow's meeting. You'll see that Dr. Bedden is adding several top administrative posts. It seems that he wants to feather his nest with more "yes men." I wonder how much additional deficit these salaries and benefits will add to the budget?

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