As of Monday, May 6, 2013
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Gwinnett Daily Post
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.