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School board adopts $1.7 billion budget

SUWANEE -- The Gwinnett County Board of Education unanimously approved a $1.7 billion budget Thursday night for the fiscal year 2013.

In a 5-0 vote, the board approved the measure after holding the second of two public hearings.

Representing a $5.8 million decrease from the previous year, the projections anticipate no layoffs, maintaining a hiring freeze and the continuation of two furlough days a year. fiscal year 2013 predictions also assume the continued trend of slower enrollment growth.The board of education discussed a projected $89 million shortfall stemming from a combination of declining local tax revenue and diminished federal stimulus dollars.

To balance the budget, the school board plans to increase most class sizes by two students and leave vacant nearly 600 positions in the district for a savings of $43 million and 54 positions in the central office for a savings of $2.7 million as well as slashing all operating budgets by 2.5 percent.

The district will also see additional state revenue in the amount of $21.6 million.

Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks said Thursday's approved budget "is very tough, and we have concerns but it's a budget that is going to allow us to continue to do what we do."

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NorcrossDot 2 years, 4 months ago

Still throwing money at education and still coming up short. Graduating people that do NOT know the basics. Too busy teaching how to test. Hard to do when the test do not cover the subject matter. Get federal government out of the school system.

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Mack711 2 years, 4 months ago

Wonder how much of a pay raise the adminstration got while cutting teacher jobs?. If anyone gets a raise the teachers should. NorcrossDot:The teachers are only following the 'mandate' set by the administration. Most teachers are told what to teach and how to teach it. If they do not follow the administratio policy their contract is not renewed for the following year, so in many cases their hands are tied. We need to get the Federal government out of education and let the States handle the education process.

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pac 2 years, 4 months ago

I love the fact that they don't have the money for teachers but they have hundreds of thousands of dollars to spend on an old house for "educational purposes.". I think the money is much better spent on science, math and English, these that might actually lead to a real job and better life.

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pac 2 years, 4 months ago

Is it $1.2 or $1.7 billion? The GDP says one thing and the AJC says another. $500 million is quite a difference. But without qualified math teachers, how would we know?

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Amy4OurKids 2 years, 4 months ago

It is 1.7 bn. See pg 5 of the budget poste at GCPS website

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Linda 2 years, 4 months ago

yes, we need the federal government out of state education.

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pac 2 years, 4 months ago

How can Alvin Wilbanks continued to take pay increases while his employees are being let go and have their pay cut for four years in a row. His salary and perks have grown by 30 or $40,000 during this same time. You lead by example, I don't have a problem with him making the kind of money he's making. But I do have a problem with him to taking raises while his employees take cuts. Again you lead by example, Alvin.

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ssilover1 2 years, 4 months ago

Pay raise? Don't read anything about that.

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kevin 2 years, 4 months ago

"The board of education discussed a projected $89 million shortfall stemming from a combination of declining local tax revenue and diminished federal stimulus dollars." Is this statement supposed to make taxpayers feel good about the budget? What about the $21.6 million increase Gwinnett got from the State? The word "projected" seems like a very over inflated estimate considering the State put more in the pie this year. Every agency wants more tax money to spend because it increases their power. There is definitely too much overhead in administration. That part always gets their increases. The pensions and the fact supervisors do not know how to fire the do-nothing employees is the biggest part of this problem. It just keeps growing. Everyone admits that the school system growth is slowing down in Gwinnett. This just goes to show you that the system took a big loss of students once the illegal immigrant laws kicked in. And yes, the Federal government needs to be out of education and let the States do what they want, instead of lowering the standards so all the kids that have parents that don't care about education can pass. This is the failures that we are paying for.

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ssilover1 2 years, 4 months ago

No loss of students. Slower GROWTH.

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Ashley 2 years, 4 months ago

At my school we cut 5 positions. All of them teachers. None of the fluff or worthless Administration got cut or moved out. We are cutting bone and leaving the fat.

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Amy4OurKids 2 years, 4 months ago

They may not be laying off any teachers but that isn't the full story. They are not rehiring the 500+ teachers that are retiring or leaving the system. Instead they are increasing class sizes. If a teacher has 5 classes a day they will have 10 more students on average next year. My son's 7th grade teachers avg. about 120 students this year. Next year it will be about 130 students. This is not acceptable. There were other options to save that money. They chose not to take them and our teachers and students will lose again. Here are some of the things they are spending money on instead of putting our students first. Check out all 3 blogs talking about the budget. Just follow this link.

http://votejenfalk.com/get-the-latest/on-the-campaign-trail/

Parents and Teachers need to stand up and be heard. Get involved now! Don't let this happen again and again. Ask the Board or Mr. Cost .... what is the long term plan? What are you thinking about to make next years shortfalls balance? Choose our Kids! Speak up!!!!!!

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Amy4OurKids 2 years, 4 months ago

They may not be laying off any teachers but they are not hiring any of the 500+ positions that will be open due to retirement or leaving the system. Instead an already over crowded classroom will get even more crowded. They chose to save $43million this way but they had other options. Here are some of the things they didn't choose to cut. Check out Jen Falk's blog .... http://votejenfalk.com/get-the-latest/on-the-campaign-trail/

Don't let this happen again. Let the Board and Mr.Cost's office know that parents and teachers are watching and we want them to put our kids first. Don't be afraid to speak up. Want help... I will help you. Jen Falk will help you ... Find your voice and speak up for your kids and teachers. They deserve better! I know we can give it to them.

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news2me 2 years, 4 months ago

We need to stop taking in students that don't live in the county. Hopefully the demise of NCLB will elimate the theft of services and attendance zone cheaters.

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