Historic can’t be overstated when it comes to the approval of the FY23 budget for Henry County Schools. Thanks to the ever-increasing strength of the state and local economies, the Henry County Board of Education found itself in a position this year to address two key priorities – supporting the community-inspired strategic plan by investing in the best resources for our employees and our students, and making sure that all of our staff members know how important they are through continued investments in competitive wages and benefits. Both priorities were supported under a student-centered, balanced budget.
In total, the per-student investment for next year is $10,413, a nearly $1,000 increase over the past two years. This overall investment means the board passed its largest budget ever at just shy of $447 million. The numbers add up to show that 97 percent of all expenditures will be focused on teaching and learning, or better explained as right in the classroom.
Investments in salaries across all job families, additional instructional positions in schools for more STEM and Fine Arts programming, robotics, and coding opportunities, and so much more will be addressed thanks to these suggestions which were heard directly from the entire school community. Representing the community’s interests and being good stewards of funding are held in the highest regard by the five-member board of education. This truly is a budget that everyone in the district can point to as a historical moment and movement to support the students and our county’s future!