Posted: Monday, June 9th 2014 at 7:08pm
Hall County School Board presents $209 million budget
By Brian Stewart Staff
GAINESVILLE, GA - The Hall County School Board held its first budget hearing Monday night.
The proposed $209,553,479 budget is larger than the fiscal year 2014 budget of slightly over $200 million.
There will be two more meetings, both on June 23, to take public comment. One meeting is at 11 a.m. and the other at 6 p.m.
One problem the board has faced in the last few years is an influx of students paired with a down-turning economy, which has forced classroom sizes to increase as teachers lose their jobs.
Superintendent Will Schofield says the larger budget should be reason for optimism.
"We're encouraged by the fiscal year 2015 budget," Schofield said. "But make no mistake, we aren't back in the days of 2008 yet."
He says they're operating on about 2,000 more students and 10 million less dollars.
GRADE PLAN ALTERED FOR DUAL-ENROLLMENT
The board approved a plan that would increase the weight of grades in dual-enrollment classes to meet those of Advanced Placement/International Baccalaureate classes.
Now, students who take college-level academic or world language courses will have their grades weighted on a 5.0 scale, as opposed to 4.0.
Within 45 days, Schofield said, the board will present a list of other college classes to be considered as part of this new grading scale.
SCHOOL BUS DONATED TO HALL COUNTY COMMISSION
A school bus that had been totaled in a wreck was declared "surplus" and donated to the Hall County Commission, who will in turn give it to the Hall County Sheriff's Office for use in SWAT team training.
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