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GCPS holds budget hearing Thursday

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View a breakdown of the proposed total budget for FY2014, as recommended by CEO/Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks.

SUWANEE -- A meeting Thursday at district headquarters offers the public an opportunity to chime in on a proposed $1.7 billion budget for Gwinnett County Public Schools' Fiscal Year 2014.

The hearing is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday in the board room at the Instructional Support Center, 437 Old Peachtree Road NW, Suwanee.

The projected $1.7 billion is a decrease of nearly $13 million over the current year's budget. The total budget accounts for special revenue, capital projects, debt service, enterprise and internal service funds.

Within the total budget is also $1.2 billion earmarked for the general fund or the operations budget. The projection for the general fund is an increase of $29.7 million over the current year.

The projected FY 2014 budget includes "recommended improvements" as well.

Recommendations include the elimination of all furlough days, which will cost $8.6 million and the addition of 18 additional school resource officers -- one for every cluster -- at $1.7 million.

Measures recommended by the superintendent to balance the projected FY 2014 budget include the continuation of a district-level hiring freeze; no restoration of the 54 central office positions eliminated during FY 2013; continuation of the district-level operating budget cuts from the past four years; carryover expenditures included in the FY 2013 mid-term budget; and class size ratios for teacher "point" allotments will remain the same for the 2013-14 school year.

In order to balance the enterprise fund, which reflects GCPS school nutrition program, the superintendent is recommending a 25-cent increase in meal prices next year. New lunch prices will be $2.25 for elementary and $2.50 for middle and high school.

A second public hearing is scheduled for 6 p.m. May 16 at the Instructional Support Center. Final budget adoption with a tentative millage rate adoption is scheduled for 7 p.m. the same day.

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kevin 11 months, 2 weeks ago

I just want to know how many students are in the Gwinnett system so I can calculate the per student cost by the taxpayer. $1.7 bill divided by what?

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rg3 11 months, 2 weeks ago

Over 165000 students. Get to work.

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Why_not 11 months, 2 weeks ago

Approx. 165,000 per GCPS website.

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jackster 11 months, 2 weeks ago

According to the Enrollment Projection on p.13 of the published budget (Budget), the projected enrollment for FY2014 is 166,667.

According to the FY2014 Budget: All Funds (p. 34), the budget is $1,984,162,167.

So, $1,984,162,167 / 166,667 = $11,904 per student.

The same budget then estimates the total revenue per student enrolled at $7,548.

Which means there is $4,356 difference which I can't seem to wrap my head around per student between the entire budget and the "revenue per student" number. Odd.

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Haughton 11 months, 2 weeks ago

the addition of 18 additional school resource officers -- one for every cluster -- at $1.7 million.

 GCPS needs a Residency Investigator per cluster as well.   This postion would pay for itself AND reduce costs by eliminating children that don't live in Gwinnett County.   GCPS is inundated with chilldren that should not be attending, costing taxpayers untold millions of dollars.

In order to balance the enterprise fund, which reflects GCPS school nutrition program, the superintendent is recommending a 25-cent increase in meal prices next year. New lunch prices will be $2.25 for elementary and $2.50 for middle and high school.

 The increase is due to the rise in children that get free and reduced lunch, and the decline in those that refuse to buy cafeteria food.   It is getting worse every year, and more and more are bringing their lunch from home.
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