School budget public hearing set Tuesday

JONESBORO — Clayton County Public Schools is set to host public hearings this month on its proposed budget for fiscal year 2015.

Spokesman Charles White said the first of the public hearings starts at 6 p.m., Tuesday, at 1058 Fifth Ave. in Jonesboro. A subsequent hearing is set for 6 p.m., the following Tuesday, May 13.

Superintendent Luvenia Jackson planned to present her preliminary recommendation for the district’s fiscal year 2015 general operations budget during the school board’s work session April 28. The session was adjourned due to approaching inclement weather.

Anticipating more revenues this year, Jackson is recommending a $399 million budget, up $41 million or 11.5 percent from FY14. Her budget proposal includes three options for the board.

The first option is to restore five instructional days to the school calendar, increasing those days from 175 to 180.

The second option is to award all employees a 2 percent pay raise, while restoring three instructional days. The choice would increase instructional days from 175 to 178.

And the last option is for a 3 percent pay raise for all employees with a one-time, 1 percent bonus for those employed as of July 1, 2014.

The school board is expected to hear the superintendent’s budget options officially at Monday’s meeting, also set for 6 p.m. at 1058 Fifth Ave. in Jonesboro.