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Meeting alludes to future financial challenges for schools

JONESBORO — The Clayton County Board of Education took action on two items Monday — the first was approving a truncated school calendar, the other included a mid-year budget adjustment.

School board member Jesse Goree started the meeting with an apology to residents about the board’s inability to form a quorum and meet Feb. 3.

The meeting was cancelled and reschedule to Monday because five on the nine-member board were unable to attend. A majority in the body is required to conduct official board business.

With all members present and business underway, the board moved forward with a proposed 2014-15 calendar that includes 175 days for students and 185 days for teachers.

“We’re trying to make this as amenable as possible for all,” said Superintendent Luvenia Jackson.

In addition to setting the calendar, the board approved its February consent agenda which included fiscal year 2014 mid-year budget adjustments of about $6.3 million.

Jackson said budget adjustments are part of several financial considerations facing the board this year, including House Bill 399 which if signed into law would limit the district’s ability to collect taxes for education.

“We have to look at all this legislation and we have to look at what the impact is going to be on student achievement,” said Jackson.