Saturday, September 15, 2012

AJC:  DeKalb schools to go on state remedial budget plan to make up for $24 million shortfall

By Jeffry Scott
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution  

The DeKalb County school board will have to work with the state to pay down a $24 million deficit left from the last school year, even as its current budget appears headed for another shortfall of almost the same size.  

The school board knew this was coming, since by state law school district budgets must be balanced.  

Scott Austensen, Georgia Education Department chief financial officer, told the board’s finance committee Friday that once the district submits its final financial figures from the last fiscal year, which ended June 30, the state will audit the numbers and set up a remedial budget plan that will require the board to detail how it will reduce the budget in monthly reports. The process could take a couple of years.

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  1. As Womack was voted out of office, it will be interesting to see which Board Member takes over the Budget and Finance Committee. Nancy Jester, with her financial background, would seem the logical choice, but with this board, the right moves are most often not made.

  2. Having both Jester and Edler on this committee would make sense. Adding McMahan would make sense also.

    Board Policy BBC governs Board Committes. My interpretation of this section:

    "Members of each standing committee are appointed by the Chair, subject to ratification of the Board. The Chair, the Vice Chair, and the Superintendent shall serve as ex-officio, non-voting members of each committee. "

    is that committee members will determine who is the chair. Of course, this comes after the vote to determine the Board chair and vice chair.

    Board Policy BBA governs Board officers and discussed the role of the chairperson.

  3. At this point with this school district, the Budget and Finance Committee will be, in my view, the most important committee. People who know budget, understand budgets and have a financial backgroud are a necessity. Assuming that Eugene Walker remains Chair, then we can only hope that committee assignments are based on what is best for the district.