School system will again talk budget
by Lindsay Field
May 12, 2013 10:59 PM | 3671 views | 1 1 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Marietta City School Board is on tap to approve its $81.8 million General Fund budget for next school year, along with the district’s food services, community schools and athletic budgets.

The board will meet Tuesday night during its monthly work session to talk about whether they will approve $8.04 million in total for the smaller budgets at the May 21 voting meeting.

“We are still looking healthy going forward and we’re still looking at the $3.7 million shortage, unless we see some slight changes, but I don’t expect any,” said Board Chair Randy Weiner.

In the General Fund budget, Marietta City is looking at collecting $78.1 million in revenues, with $81.8 million in expenditures, for fiscal 2014. The $3.7 million shortfall will be drawn from the district’s $17 million reserve fund.

Because the district is in such good financial standing, it will not have to implement furlough days or program cuts, increase class sizes or shorten the school year like the county school system.

The food services budget is estimated to be about $5.2 million; the community schools budget, $1.6 million; and the athletics budget, $221,911, including a $70,000 balance.

The group also will consider whether to approve a $150 increase to tuition for students who are not zoned for Marietta City Schools but choose to attend.

Marietta Superintendent Emily Lembeck is recommending the board approve the tuition rate increase for next school year.

The increase would yield about $18,750 and would help fund growing programs in technology and art.

Weiner said there are about 160 out-of-district students enrolled in Marietta City Schools.

If approved, tuition would increase from $3,400 to $3,800 a year for ninth- through 12th-grade students to between $3,550 and $3,950 a year. The tuition can be paid over a 10-month period.

Contracts up for approval

In other business, the board will talk about whether to approve the following contracts at its May 21 meeting:

• A $1.7 million contract with S & S Flooring Co. of Marietta to install carpet at Dunleith and Lockheed elementary schools. It will be funded by SPLOST III;

• A $120,723.18 contract with National Bus Sales of Marietta and Rush Trucks of Smyrna to refurbish five school buses. It will be paid for with General Fund money;

• An $84,000 three-year contract with Mauldin & Jenkins LLC of Atlanta to perform external audits. It will be paid for with General Fund money;

• A 79,793 contract with C&R Paving Inc. of Winston to repair and pave the district’s school bus parking lot. It will be funded by SPLOST III;

• A $29,044.48 contract with Southern Computer Warehouse of Marietta to purchase 20 laptops and a cart for Marietta Middle School and 20 laptops and a cart for Marietta High School. It will be paid for with SPLOST III funds;

• A $25,188.85 contract with Public Financial Management of Atlanta for work related to determining the district’s millage rate by factoring in the Marietta High School auditorium cost for SPLOST IV. It will be paid for with Building Fund and SPLOST IV money; and

• A $13,740 contract with Apple to buy 30 iPads and AppleCare+ insurance for the Marietta Center for Advanced Academics. It will be paid for with Charter Innovation and Lockheed Martin and Principal funds.

The May 21 meeting is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. at the Marietta City Schools Board of Education, at 250 Howard St. A detailed copy of the agenda can be found online at www.marietta-city.org.
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Why not CCSD
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May 13, 2013
How come Marietta is doing so well financially and CCSD is constantly struggling? I think we need a woman at the helm at CCSD. This good ol' boy system is NOT working!
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