School board holds budget hearing

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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SystemEnrollmentNumber of AdministratorsAverage Annual SalaryAverage Number of Contract DaysAverage Daily SalaryAverage Years of Experience
Richmond County31,822147.43$85,790.73 213.53$401.78 25.09
Muscsogee County31,731161.49$83,939.93 221.27$379.36 22.66
Savannah-Chatham32,825188.98$79,779.26 219.13$364.07 20.01
Atlanta City49,101469.85$88,178.84 220.83$399.31 17.58
Bibb County24,470172.53$76,320.33 207.33$368.12 18.92

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Source: Governor's Office of Student Achievement

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