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Clarke Board of Education to vote on tentative budget tonight

Taylor Gerlach

The Clarke County Board of Education meets tonight to vote on a tentative budget for the next year.

Highlights of the proposed $162 million dollar budget include a 1.2 mil cut to the property tax rate, a pay hike for the district’s lowest-paid employees, and the installation of a family engagement specialist at each school.

If board members sign off on the tentative budget tonight, the district will hold public meetings for community input on May 19, May 23, and June 2, before voting on the 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.