BOE to hear first budget proposal

JONESBORO — School finance officers are expected to present a budget proposal to the Clayton County Board of Education Monday.

The board will meet at 4 p.m. to discuss the fiscal year 2014 budget, followed by its 6 p.m. regular meeting.

The nine-member body plans to vote on a resolution to authorize interim Superintendent Luvenia Jackson to request a Title 50 Waiver from the state board of education.

The law requires local districts spend a minimum of 65 percent of their total operating expenditures directly in the classroom. Clayton County Public Schools spent 64 percent of its budget in the classroom in 2011-12, according to the state.

School officials plan to ask for a waiver because “the current economic crisis has resulted in a decline in revenue from both local and state sources due to a declining tax base and cuts in state Quality Basic Education funds.”

Business services director Lonita Collier said, if the district fails to get a waiver from the state, it would suffer sanctions that could include withholding of state funding. She said at least 25 other districts have requested the waiver.

The board is set to take action on amendments to its Series G policies on personnel overtime pay, professional learning, complaints and employee leaves and absences. Housekeeping policy changes also deal with employment recruitment, drug screening, vacation days, sick leave, dress code and layoffs, suspensions and terminations.

The board is expected to review proposals for its 2013-14 school calendar. It plans to continue discussion on seeking an alternative school security plan, anticipating the sheriff’s office will not provide officers next year.