Peach County school board approves $40 million budget

FORT VALLEY -- Peach County school board members approved its fiscal 2013 budget Thursday.

The budget, which allots nearly $40 million in both revenue and expenditures for the upcoming year, was passed with a 4-0 vote. Board member Virginia Dixon was not in attendance. The general fund includes estimated revenue and expenditures of more than $27 million.

More than $16.7 million of the budget is allocated for direct instruction, which includes employee salaries and benefits.

The budget approved Thursday will need to be amended once the district completes negotiation on a technology contract, said Susan Perry, the district’s financial director.

The more than $230,000 previously allocated for technology was taken out of the support services expenditures and added to the fund balance until a contract is agreed upon.

Superintendent Joe Ann Denning said she had received no concerns or questions from the public during the two-week advertising period.

The fiscal year begins Sunday.

The board also approved a more than $7 million guaranteed maximum price from Dublin Construction for an ongoing systemwide heating, ventilation and air-conditioning installation project.

That project is funded by special purpose local option sales tax money.

The two-topic called meeting lasted all of nine minutes, prompting Assistant Superintendent Jim O’Shields, who is retiring Saturday to say, “I’d like to thank the board. This is my last meeting, and y’all made it quick.”

Contact writer Caryn Grant at 256-9751.