FORT VALLEY — The Peach County Board of Education unanimously adopted a $41 million tentative budget for the 2011 fiscal year at its board meeting Tuesday night.
While the budget will not be finalized until the board’s June 29 study session, the tentative version was approved for public review.
The budget includes about $2 million in cuts from the previous year’s budget and no anticipated change in local revenue, based on discussion of the matter during last week’s study session.
The proposed plan funds 30 fewer teachers, changes the way bus drivers are paid and continues a 2.5 percent pay cut to Peach County school administrators implemented during the recently completed school year, Superintendent Susan Clark said last week.
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Under current financial projections, the tentative budget includes neither teacher furlough days nor a reduction to student instruction time, due to the implementation of the four-day school week, Clark said.
Classes in Peach County’s schools will also have the same number of students as those during the recently completed school year.
In other business, the board unanimously approved the schedule for future meetings for the upcoming fiscal year, taking place between July 1 and June 30, 2011. The meetings will be held the first Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. at the board of education office in Fort Valley, with the exception of the April 2011 meeting. It will take place April 12, as the schools are on spring break April 4-8.
A schedule of the meetings is available at the board’s Web site, peachschools.org.
To contact Andrea Castillo, call 256-9751.