Pay restoration, other issues at Fayette BoE meeting April 19

The potential for restoring a 3 percent pay cut to school system employees, an update on upcoming budget considerations and other issues will be taken up on April 19 by the Fayette County Board of Education.

Everyone on the board has repeatedly stated their desire to restore the remaining 3 percent of the larger 4.5 percent cut from two years ago when the board anticipated having to operate the school system in the red. Some on the board say they want to restore the wages now while others want to see what the near-term future holds in terms of state and local revenues for the coming fiscal year that begins July 1.

That restoration has been the subject of conversation among some school system staff since the cuts were made. The conversation has been bolstered by what some employees say is the projected $19 million fund balance expected in June 30. The cost of restoring the 3 percent would be approximately $4 million.

Yet inside the framework of the conversation are other variables in the form of budgetary issues that have to be addressed by the time the budget is voted on in late June. Among those are the diminished state dollars next school year that will result from Fayette's falling student enrollment and the potential for additional reductions in state funds.

Among the other items to be addressed Tuesday night is the consideration of school system’s high school math curriculum. Math Coordinator Lynn Ridgeway in an April 1 memo recommended that the board continue the current integrated high school math curriculum rather than returning to the traditional math curriculum.

Fayette Parent
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Return the money

Return the money to the teachers. If you need the money in the future you can use furlough days. That is what other counties have done. It does not count against the retirement of the teachers and at least they do not have to work the time without being paid for it. Cutting the pay was just a way of getting around giving them days off. Furlough days are not a great solution for anyone but at least it is better for morale.

autojockey
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3% back pay for fayette teachers

Let's stop the dog and pony show and pay the teachers now!!!

roundabout
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3% teacher pay

I must have been mistaken since I thought what was being considered was adding back the cuts made---hadn't read about or thought about paying "back-pay" as far back as when the cuts occurred!
That would be several million dollars and I don't think we are in any better financial condition now than we were when the cuts were made.

It appears to me that housing values will continue to go down thereby reducing money available for schools, and I certainly doubt that the state of Georgia is going to come up with any extra money.

Also, if the republicans get their way there will be less federal money for education from Washington for a longtime.

Yet I'll bet that many Fayette county teachers, and especially administrators, will vote republican anyway--their hands would tremble to vote democrat!

Maybe if cops and firemen and county administrators were to take a 5% pay cut this time no further cuts for teachers would be required!

Why do you think the county is keeping a reasonable reserve? They know what is coming.

It is their duty to make budget. The schools, like many others, will have to make do.

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"It appears to me that

"It appears to me that housing values will continue to go down thereby reducing money available for schools, and I certainly doubt that the state of Georgia is going to come up with any extra money.

Also, if the republicans get their way there will be less federal money for education from Washington for a longtime.

Yet I'll bet that many Fayette county teachers, and especially administrators, will vote republican anyway--their hands would tremble to vote democrat!"

It seems that right now they don't have the money to..substane..the increase. Some on the board are wanting to wait a few more months so that they can be sure of what money they will have from government and taxes.

The people leading the charge to re instate the money, know that if anything happens, like we don't get enough from the Feds or from local taxes, they will have to cut employees.

It gets down to 2 people will be running for re election next year.
One in particular, lost much credibility trying to smear one one of the members that sucefully ran this year.

They will push giving the money back to get re elected...even if they know they will have to take it back again after the election. After all, they will be elected by the time the teachers find out it may have to be given back.

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AMEN

You are absolutely right we are no better off and we certainly are not in shape to do it now.

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