UPDATE: School board OKs budget

Thursday, June 18, 2009 9:30 AM
Last updated Friday, Jan. 8, 2010 12:22 PM
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Pay will be cut and employees will be furloughed, but the Richmond County Board of Education avoided laying anyone off today when it gave final approval to its fiscal year 2010 budget.

During a special called meeting, the board voted 6-2 in favor of the $256 million spending package, which overcame a projected $24.5 million shortfall.

Teachers, counselors, media specialists, other 190-day certified employees and bus drivers will have their salary reduced the equivalent of four days’ pay. All other employees will be furloughed for four days, closing the school system the week of July 5-10. A furlough day is a mandated, unpaid vacation day.

Employees whose salaries were lowered during last year’s budget process are exempted from the furloughs and pay cuts.

It was found then that some hourly employees in maintenance and transportation were being paid for more days than they actually worked. This was corrected, but board members disagreed today over whether they should be cut again this year.

“I don’t think I can support a budget unless we put them back in and treat them like everybody else,” board member Jack Padgett said before voting against the budget.

Joe Scott was the other dissenting vote.

“I have some serious philosophical differences with the budget as it stands,” Mr. Scott said.

Board President Marion Barnes said it wouldn’t be fair to penalize these employees two years in a row, especially if someone else’s error resulted in their being overpaid and they are already some of the lowest paid employees in the school system.

The budget also cut dozens of positions out of the budget. That includes 43 teaching positions cut as a result of increasing class size by one or two students.

Richmond County Superintendent Dana Bedden said most of these positions are unfilled. Employees in filled positions will be offered other jobs in the school system as long as their certification matches the open job.

In a separate action, the school board also approved a measure allowing employees close to retirement to be paid their full salary. They then would donate the amount of pay they were cut back to the school system. This would prevent the cuts from affecting the amount they will receive in retirement.

To see the school system’s complete budget presentation, go to www.rcboe.org.

FURLOUGH SCHEDULE

The furlough schedule is organized according to the length of the employee's contract.

Teachers, counselors, media specialists, other 190-day certified employees and bus drivers will not be furloughed. They will have pay cuts equivalent to four furlough days.

Days Staff Members Included Furlough Dates

183 Paraprofessionals Full Day 8/4-5/09 Half Day 9/16, 10/20, 11/10, 4/29

190 Clerical, Instructional Coaches, Media Clerks (paraprofessionals), Secretary, Nurses 8/6, 10/21, 1/19, 2/15

190 School Nutrition Program Managers 9/4, 2/12, 2/15, 3/17

190 School Nutrition Program Assistant Managers 8/3, 9/8, 2/15, 3/17

193 Data Entry Clerks 7/29-7/30, 9/16, 11/10

200 Elementary Assistant Principals, Elementary Clerical (1), Elementary Principals, Assistant Principals/CTAE, Middle School Assistant Principals 7/24-7/27, 5/28-6/1

210 Consultants, Coordinators, High School Clerical (1), High School Instructional Assistant Principal (1), Middle School Clerical (1), Middle School Principal 7/17, 7/20-7/22

248 Consultants, HS Clerical (1), High School Principals 7/7-7/10

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jack234
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jack234 06/18/09 - 09:41 am
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What an amazing job the new

What an amazing job the new superintendent is doing for Richmond County. We are so pleased. HELLO! HELLO!

Edward1968
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Edward1968 06/18/09 - 11:12 am
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You probably are pleased

You probably are pleased Jack!!

AugustaVoter
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AugustaVoter 06/18/09 - 01:05 pm
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Yea! That means all teachers

Yea! That means all teachers are taking a hit on next years salaries! Instead of getting raises everyone is getting pay taken away. Thank AC for pointing that out.

Debster
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Debster 06/18/09 - 01:26 pm
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Folks, furloughs are becoming

Folks, furloughs are becoming an increasingly popular way to deal with out-of-control budgets. I, for one, think anyone who faces this type of situation must look at the alternative - no job - and be thankful that the powers that be have found a way for everyone to keep their job. It only takes all of us doing a small part to make ends meet.

lifelongresidient
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lifelongresidient 06/18/09 - 02:24 pm
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one way to reduce costs, all

one way to reduce costs, all high schools not meeting ayp or 65% or more of students not passing the crct cut all extra curricular activities(sports) until the test scores improve, all athletes that make passing test scores can transfer to other passing schools to participate in sports at no cost to the parent(s), then close down the knucklehead school...oops i mean the alternative school and send all disrespectful, disruptive, trouble-making and violent students back to their families and let them raise them instead of burdening the poor property owners with the expense of babysitting children who should be raised by their parent(s) or guardian.

ConsiderThis
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ConsiderThis 06/18/09 - 04:25 pm
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The state in mandatign step

The state in mandatign step increases for certified staff so some teachers and other certified staff will see an increase in pay.

AugustaVoter
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AugustaVoter 06/18/09 - 04:53 pm
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"Teachers, counselors, media

"Teachers, counselors, media specialists, other 190-day certified employees and bus drivers will not be furloughed. They will have pay cuts equivalent to four furlough days. " So These folks will be working for 4 days FREE of charge to the school system! Sounds like crap to me...

thingsneedtochange
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thingsneedtochange 06/18/09 - 05:29 pm
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Where are the cuts for

Where are the cuts for central office? Oh Yeah, that right they are never touched.....

Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 06/19/09 - 01:01 am
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KUDOS to President Barnes

KUDOS to President Barnes for providing strong leadership to the RCBOE through such perilous financial times!

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