School Board reviews tentative FY 2019 budget


DAHLONEGA, Ga. — The public got its first look at White County School System’s tentative fiscal year 2019 budget during Monday’s meeting.

Chief Financial Officer Connie Daniels presented the plan, which calls for $35,925,195 in spending with $34,775,937 in estimated revenue. The fund balance as of July 1 is expected to be $4,382,356. No increase in the millage rate is anticipated.

Instruction will account for the largest expenditure ($23,698,044), followed by maintenance and operations ($3,162,321), administration ($2,773,615) and transportation ($2,628,393).

The special purpose local option sales tax (SPLOST) is expected to generate $3,221,836. State and federal grants are anticipated to produce $4,100,000.

The capital projects fund is $3,221,836, funded by the voter-approved SPLOST.

A second public hearing on the budget is set for the June 11 work session at 5:30 p.m. The budget will be considered for final adoption by the board during the regular meeting at 7 p.m.

The board recognized outstanding achievement by students and staff.

Lumpkin County High School Principal Billy Kirk honored four students who won state championships this year. They were: Rachel Gaston (clinical nursing), Joey McCormack (auto refinishing), Nolan Wheeler (wrestling 145-pound class) and Elizabeth Harwood (literary and rhetorical essay).

Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) and student body President Tyler Schott finished in the top five in business calculations and will compete in nationals.

Larry Odom, president of the Dahlonega branch of United Community Bank, was recognized as the school system’s Partner in Education for May. Odom and the bank have provided funding for student cookouts, bonuses, awards and have helped pay for lunches for students who cannot afford to pay.




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