The Clayton County Board of Education will hold two meetings today (at 1058 Fifth Avenue, Jonesboro) to discuss various financial issues they face.
The first will convene at 4 p.m. to address potential cuts of the local supplement for teacher salaries in the proposed 2010 budget. As per the Clayton News-Daily, “One result of such a cut would be that, while teachers would move up a step on the state’s salary scale, their salaries would remain the same as they are in the current fiscal year.” Public input will be heard on this issue.
The second meeting scheduled for 5 p.m. will deal with a fourth Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax sought by Clayton County Public Schools, concentrating specifically on school repairs and maintenance. This new SPLOST is expected to generate about $268 million in revenue. If the vote passes, our BOE will need approval from Clayton’s Board of Elections and the U.S. Department of Justice in order to proceed. Residents will then be asked to vote for SPLOST IV on Sept. 15.
In addition, our BOE tentatively approved a $574 million budget recently, which could result in Clayton residents paying the full 20 mills for school related property taxes. This comes at a time when many taxpayers are in the process of appealing to have their property assessments lowered.
Along the lines of CCPS, what are your thoughts on former BOE Chair Ericka Davis’ appointment to the Clayton County Community Service Board (Mental Health, Developmental Services, and Addictive Diseases)? It’s been a litle over one year since she resigned amid a firestorm which eventually led to CCPS’ accreditation loss. Should one job have anything to do with the other? Do you care?