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Cobb BOE Adopts Tentative $899 Million Budget

Next year's budget will include possibly 300 new teacher hires and no furlough days.

The Cobb Board of Education on Thursday adopted a tentative $899 million budget for next year that will include possibly 300 new teacher hires, no furlough days, and a 180-day school year. Credit: Patch file
The Cobb Board of Education on Thursday adopted a tentative $899 million budget for next year that will include possibly 300 new teacher hires, no furlough days, and a 180-day school year. Credit: Patch file
The Cobb Board of Education on Thursday adopted a tentative $899 million budget for next year that will include possibly 300 new teacher hires, no furlough days, and a 180-day school year.

As The Marietta Daily Journal reports, the budget includes $95 million in “unreserved” funds, which is somewhat like a savings account.

It’s a significant turnaround for the school system, which had previously faced a budget deficit of nearly $79 million.

As The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports, factors that assisted in eliminating the deficit included:

• The school system is getting about $35 million more in state funding from the governor’s budget, in addition to about $20 million extra in local property tax revenues.

• The district is also spending about $20 million less this year, largely because of a hiring freeze.

• Cobb is also proposing to dip into its rainy day reserve fund nearly $15 million as part of the budget.

Read more from the MDJ here.

JAC-V April 25, 2014 at 06:57 AM
The increase in state funding can largely be attributed to parent-led grassroots campaigns to get the word out about the need to restore proper funding to public schools. Entities like FACEIT Cobb, informational sessions sponsored by the PTAs and, especially, the more than 15 info-sessions driven by CCSD board member Scott Sweeney -- all led to parent voices being heard by state lawmakers.
Jacquelyn Bettadapur April 25, 2014 at 07:36 AM
Governor Deal responded to public pressure in an ELECTION year. If he wins his re-election, how sustainable will the increase in state funding be? Will he revert back to his old ways? Barge (R) and Carter (D) are pledging increased funding for education.

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