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FY18 BUDGET PRESENTATIONS:
Community Meeting Presentation
Community Meeting Presentation
There are several quick links listed under the "Quick Links" menu on the right side of this page. The budget calendar gives a timeline of the budget process and dates of certain budget presentations, as well as dates school board approvals may be made. Please take the time to provide your feedback. Click the form button at the top of the page to begin.
FY2018 BUDGET PROCESS GENERAL GUIDELINES
Current revenues will be sufficient to support current expenditures. On-going operating expenditures will be funded with on-going revenue sources.
The budget process and format shall be school/department based and focused on goals and objectives.
The School system will maintain a budgeting control system to ensure continual compliance with the adopted budget.
The budget will provide adequate funds for maintenance of capital plant and equipment and funding for their orderly replacement.
The Savannah County School System is continuing the process of preparing the Fiscal Year 2018 budget.
STATE BUDGET UPDATE
On February 15, 2017 Governor Nathan Deal made recommendations for the 2018 budget. If approved, recommendations take effect upon the start of the fiscal year on July 1.
Governor Deal’s recommendations for K-12 public schools:
AMENDED FY 2017 BUDGET
$109 million for enrollment growth
· $92 million for school districts
· $9.2 million for charter system grants
· $10 million for the state charter supplement
· -$2 million for the special needs voucher
$16.8 million for growth in the Move On When Ready dual enrollment program
$15 million for Forestland Protection Act grants
$5 million for CTAE equipment grants for local school systems
$2.5 million for currently available research-based reading and math assessment tools that provide real-time data analysis on progress after consulting districts that have vetted assessments for reliability (the Governor recommended $3.5 million under Georgia Public Telecommunications Commission for this assessment but it was reduced and moved to the Department of Education)
$1.8 million for the REACH Georgia scholarship to expand into 30 new school systems and provide additional scholarships in already participating systems
$500,000 for a "functional specification study for an adaptable, comprehensive, and complete solution for all financial and reporting systems including administration of the special needs scholarship"
-$500,000 in Audio-Video Technology and Film Grants to school systems based on projected expenditures (the Senate had recommended a $1.5 million cut)
Savings to the State Benefit Plan from the dependent verification audit was $17.6 million; $39 million was saved through Pharmacy Benefit Management strategies.
$160 million for 2% increase to state base salary schedule effective September 1, 2017 (bus drivers, nutrition workers, nurses, and RESA employees also get a 2% raise)
$167 million austerity cut to state funding as calculated by QBE formula
$133 million for enrollment growth and training and experience for districts, $10 million for charter system grants, and $9.3 million for state charter supplements
$85.8 million for equalization
$21 million for Move on When Ready dual enrollment, but a $500,000 reduction for transportation grants for the program
$20.8 million for autism services for children (Department of Community Health budget)
$4 million for school counselors (implements HB 283 in 2013 which added counselors to funding weights for ESOL students, gifted, special needs, and remedial students)
$2.7 million for the Georgia Center for Early Language and Literacy at the Georgia College & State University
$2.5 million for behavioral health services for children aged 0-4 (Department of Community Health budget)
$1.3 million for RESAs to convert part-time PBIS specialists to full-time
$1 million for implementation of HB 338 to hire Chief Turnaround Officer and assist underperforming schools
$500,000 for Innovation Grants including the STAR Academy for drop-out prevention and innovative reading and math programs; also directed use of current Innovation Grant funds:
· $1.25 million for a competitive grant that would provide certified school counselor-graduation specialists for lowest performing high schools in the state
· $1.2 million plus $1.5 million transferred from the Department of Education testing budget to pay for one AP STEM exam for every student taking an AP STEM course
· $600,000 to continue to provide grants to local school systems to increase participation and achievement in AP STEM courses
$445,145 for counselors to districts with a large concentration of military students
$300,000 for statewide PBIS trainers
$250,000 for concordant testing models as prescribed in SB 211
$241 million in bonds for capital outlay construction (no recommendation for funds for vocational equipment)
$7.5 million in bonds for school buses
$2.5 million in bonds for vocational equipment
Districts will face a State Health Benefit Plan employer rate increase for non-certified employees from $846.20 per member per month to $945, the same rate as teachers, effective January 1, 2018.
New Information on Tax Digest History: See blue link below
Tax Digest History 2012-2017 - SCCPSS.pdf