DeKalb County Board of Education approves $1.74 billion budget for 2017-2018 fiscal year.
The DeKalb County Board of Education approved a $1.74 billion budget for the 2017-2018 fiscal year that places vital resources at the regional school level, allocates funds for important district initiatives, provides pay raises to staff members, and addresses state-mandated rising costs in employee benefits. The 2017-2018 budget enables DeKalb County School District (DCSD) to build on its momentum, following a year in which the district was recommended for a five-year extension of its accreditation by AdvancED, celebrated STEM certifications at more than 20 schools, and saw 17 campuses named to multiple lists recognizing achievements on the state’s 2016 Advanced Placement exams.
The highlight of the funding blueprint is more than $18 million to maintain progress in the district’s five academic regions. These “mini-districts” are led by their own regional superintendent with a laser-focus on a group of high school clusters. Instead of relying on the Central Administration, the regions are able to determine and provide solutions best tailored to the communities their serve.
Other notable budget priorities include:
- 2.25% raise for teachers and a 2% raise for all other full-time staff effective October 1, 2017 – $13,940,515
- The millage rate was decreased by .1 mil from 23.38 to 23.28 mills
- A nurse in every school (134 locations) – $6,133,784
- Addition of musical instruments and the repair of instruments- $655,000, with an additional $2 million from E-SPLOST V
- Professional Development training for counselors, social workers, and psychologists and addition of 22 data entry clerks to assist counselors with caseloads – $3,011,591
- Enhancements to several key areas amounting to $2,196,563 were added to the budget after hearing concerns of the board members and the public. The total with raises and enhancements (nurses, IB program, music/art, family engagement, counselors, social workers, psychologists and Horizon schools) – $16,137,078
“We are pleased that the Board approved a budget that not only allows the district to fulfill its core goals, but allows us to meet important priorities such as supporting our employee team, strengthening school leadership and supporting student achievement,” said Superintendent/CEO Dr. R. Stephen Green. “The district is evolving and this budget provides us with the resources to forge ahead.”