The budget is comprised of $73,643,704 in the general fund, $13,535,584 in the special revenue fund, $4,964,675 in the debt service fund, $20,579,985 in the capital projects fund and $5,821,004 in the school nutrition fund.
While two public hearings and one board workshop were held between the budget being placed on first reading on June 5 and the budget being adopted, no changes were made to it.
According to Griffin-Spalding County School System Assistant Superintendent and CFO Jim Smith, the general fund millage rate is expected to remain unchanged at 19.06 mills — the same rate as in the previous year.
In other business, the Board of Education approved the second reading of a board policy that, in essence, regulates the naming or renaming of school facilities.
The policy had previously stated that elementary and middle school facilities are to be named after the street or road on which they are located, which board member Michael Kendall called “intellectually disingenuous” in that naming buildings after honorable people is accepted everywhere else.
“The only people I’ve seen who have a problem with this is the Griffin-Spalding Board of Education,” Kendall said.
While, under the modified policy, the board is still asked to initially consider naming elementary or middle school facilities after the street or road on which they are located, the board now has the option to approve a request to name or rename a school or part of a facility without having to include its street name.