Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

2004-05 Glynn Schools Budget at $125 Million; Tax Rate Holds

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

2004-05 Glynn Schools Budget at $125 Million; Tax Rate Holds

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Byline: Teresa Stepzinski, The Times-Union

BRUNSWICK -- The Glynn County Board of Education has adopted a $125 million budget for the estimated 12,000-student public school system.

The board voted 6-4 Tuesday night to approve the 2004-05 budget that includes an employee compensation package with an average 2.4 percent salary increase for all school system workers.

The district has about 1,000 certified personnel, such as teachers, and about 750 non-certified support staff, including paraprofessionals, custodians, cafeteria workers and bus drivers.

That compensation package will cost the district about $3 million, according to George Ruehling, district chief financial officer.

The amount of an employee's raise will be determined by his years of experience, years of service, professional or educational achievement or level of vocational or technical training.

Bob Bouchard, Glynn County representative to the Professional Association of Georgia Educators, praised the board for approving the compensation package.

"We know that times are tight . . . and we appreciate this," Bouchard said.

The budget doesn't call for any change in the district's property tax rate, which the board lowered last year to $16.50 for every $1,000 of taxable property value.

But board Chairman Mark Newman said whether it will be necessary to change the property tax rate won't be determined until the board receives the tax digest from the county tax assessor in the fall.

Voting for the budget were Newman and board members LaVerne Cooper, Venus Holmes, Milton Lynn, Debra Swindall and Patricia Ulmer.

Opposed were members John Dieterman, Earl Perry, Ruby Robinson and Vice Chairman Tommie Herrington.

Perry and Robinson objected to borrowing money from the district's capital fund. …

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