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School board members to get into budget details Thursday

UPDATE, 5:14PM - Thursday's meeting of the Clarke County Board of Education has been cancelled, according to the district.

The Clarke County Board of Education will grill district administrators on the school district’s proposed budget at a Thursday evening meeting.

The yearly budget process for the school district starts with a draft budget from district staff. Board members got a presentation on that proposal last week, and tonight, they’ll be asking staffer in-depth questions about the budget.

Among the highlights in the draft budget are significant pay raises for the lowest-paid district employees, a $3,500 increase in the starting salary for teachers, and the hiring of more social workers and psychologists. District Chief Financial Officer Byron Schueneman also opened the door for a possible millage rate decrease, citing the potential of extra revenue from skyrocketing local property values.

The Board is set to approve a tentative budget, likely similar to what district officials have proposed, at a May 12 meeting. Following that, the district will hold at least two public meetings for members of the community to weigh in, before passing a final budget in early June.

Martin Matheny was promoted to Program Director and Content Strategist on July 1, 2022. He has served as the Executive Producer of our local news program 'Athens News Matters', and he covers local government for WUGA News. He started at WUGA in 2012 as a part-time classical music host and still hosts WUGA's longest-running local program 'Night Music' which is heard on Tuesdays and Wednesdays on WUGA at 10pm. 'Night Music' can also be heard statewide on the GPB Classical stream Mondays and Tuesdays at 8pm. As part of 'Athens News Matters' Martin works with student interns to help cultivate the next generation of Public Media rock stars! In his spare time Martin is an amateur book binder and freelance musician who frequently performs with Big Band Athens playing bass trombone. He lives in Normaltown with his wife, Shaye and dog, Murphy.
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