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FY20 Budget Approved by Board of Education

Submission Date: June 13, 2019

Release Date:  For Immediate Release

Contact: J.D. Hardin, 770-957-6601 ext. 161, john.hardin@henry.k12.ga.us

(Release # 0035-6-19)

FY20 Budget Approved by Board of Education  

FY20 Budget Approved by Board of Education

Largest budget in system history is student, employee focused

HENRY COUNTY, GA – The Henry County Board of Education accomplished one of their major priorities during the June Business Meeting by unanimously passing the FY20 budget for the upcoming school year.  The budget for the 2019-2020 school year will be $407.2 million, the largest in system history.

The process to get to the final adoption started in January with the detailing of a plan to involve community members and district personnel in order to craft a budget that met all needs, including a strong focus on student support and employee compensation.  There were many presentations and updates throughout the process to keep everyone apprised of the status and development efforts. In the end, the balanced budget accomplished the goal of keeping students and employees first.

The highlight of the budget is the commitment of the board to address employee compensation.  The Henry County Board of Education is ensuring a full $3,000 raise to certified school-based employees as well as the applicable step increase on the salary scale.  They recognize that the best investment the board can make in a child’s education is in attracting and retaining the best employees in the profession.  Starting teachers will now make $41,000.

School-level compensation across the district was a major focus of this budget.  All classified school-based positions will receive a 3 percent raise and any applicable step increase.  There will also be new staff positions added for growth at the Academy for Advanced Studies, allotments for instructional and personalized learning leads at each school, and additional teachers to support anticipated student growth around the district.  The total investment in personnel at the school level is $19.8 million.

To address district-level personnel and compensation, the board is putting $2.2 million toward this area.  Certified employees at the district level and on the teacher pay scale will receive the $3,000 raise and an applicable step increase, while district classified employees will receive a 3 percent raise and applicable step.  District administrators will receive a 2 percent raise.  The board approved hiring a performing arts center manager for the new Fairview facility and a technician to serve both facilities.  They also approved a proposed reorganization of district office divisions.

In total, the district is receiving $11.7 million from state revenue sources and the Henry County Board of Education is investing another $10.3 million, for a total investment of $22 million in its employees to support the work of educating students.  This comprehensive compensation plan can be credited to the anticipated increases in revenue from state and local sources.  An increase of an additional $5.1 million in projected revenues provided for an adjustment from the original budget forecast.

The budget decision-making priorities for the 2019-2020 school year continued the board’s investment in employees, focus on ensuring resources are close to students, financial efficiency, and long-term sustainability of operations related to revenues and expenditures.

“We’re excited for this major accomplishment and how it sets our schools up for success during this upcoming school year,” said Board Chair Josh Hinton.  “Our employees are highly valuable to our district and the success of our students depends largely on having a strong workforce.  We feel that this budget shows our employees that we care deeply about them and shows our students and families that we care about their success.”

The fiscal year for Henry County Schools runs from July 1, 2019, through June 30, 2020.

For more information on Henry County Schools, visit www.henry.k12.ga.us.

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