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Hall school officials: New budget includes raises, no program cuts
Gainseville schools budget under development
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Gainesville and Hall County school officials have put in place timelines for approving their 2017-18 budgets.

Superintendent Will Schofield presented a budget calendar to the Hall County school board this week that was adopted without any changes.

Schofield told The Times on Tuesday that employees will be getting pay raises and no school programs will be cut.

“I fully anticipate us continuing to provide additional programs of choice and offering even more students opportunities to participate in post-secondary coursework,” Schofield said.  

The plan presented by Schofield and Deputy Superintendent Lee Lovett calls for budget work sessions on April 10 and 24, and another budget work session May 15. Adoption of a tentative budget is scheduled May 22.

Final adoption of the budget, and setting of millage rates, is set for June 26.

The Hall school district is operating this current school year on a $227 million budget.

Gainesville school officials began developing a budget this week, and will use a budget video as an educational tool to share with school principals and leaders, according to finance director Chris Griner.

Griner presented the board last week with a timeline for rolling out a new budget.

“This is kind of a guide for us to stay on track,” Griner said. “Of course, these dates are not necessarily set in stone. They may change.”

District staff plan to hold school-level budget discussions with principals beginning Feb. 27, followed with a budget planning session with the school board on April 27. Tentative budget approval of the general fund is set for May 15, while tentative budget approval of all funds is scheduled for June 5. Board approval of the final budget is expected June 19.

Gainesville school district general fund spending in the current school year tops $66 million.

“At the end of February the goal is to have a draft budget,” Griner said.

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