Look for local teachers not only to get a raise in FY 2018 as the Polk County Board of Education approved a measure last week to fulfill a promise made by the state to educators.

State funds were set aside this year in Georgia's budget to give teachers across the state a raise, and with the vote from board members comes a 2 percent increase in salaries, set to take effect starting on July 1.

But another bit of help in the form of a program hoping to get kids interested in improving their own education is getting noticed.

Designed to help children in several schools around the county improve their grades, the No C's program throws a party for students in their classroom and everyone is invited, but after that the kids are asked to come back later on in the year only if they have all A's and B's.

They also speak with all the kids about self worth, how they are able to accomplish this goal, and have a couple character check ins between the parties.

The No C's program has now partnered with a Chick-fil-A's program that was merged together and called "we don't do average movement."

This programmed to focus on the children's character education and this is to show kids that being a good person really does matter.

Teachers get a curriculum that the teachers can use weekly and a monthly character principle that is sent home to all the students parents and meets all the guidelines of the 11 principles of a effective character education.

The resources used varied to videos to show the kids, letters in English and Spanish or the kids to take home, For the middle school and high school students there is resources for students to lead other students.

For funding there is fund raising opportunities for the school along side the opportunity for businesses and churches to come sponsor.

For just the character curriculum it cost around $240 but for the party and the entire program; the maximum cost is $2,000 for each school. T-shirts will be sold as a way to collect funds for this program at Rockmart middle school and Eastside Elementary.

Board members also approved the FY18 Budget as presented.

This year’s budget includes $13 million in local tax revenue and $70,000 from other local sources, with a majority of the annual revenue coming from more than $46 million in money from the state, totaling $64 million in revenue. Most of that money will go toward funding teacher salaries and insurance, which with 2 percent raises tallied in was set at just over $45 million for the year.

Some of that additional state money this year is being used for the two percent raises.

The rest of the $17 million the school board could approve after a second public meeting held later this month includes $4 million for the school nutrition program, and $2 million in debt service. Most of the other costs incurred related to maintenance, transportation, general and school administration, central support, pupil services, media-related expenses and transfers of funds for programs.

$1.6 million of the $5 million the school board approved to use to finish the cost of the College and Career Academy building at Cedartown High School earlier in the year is also being paid back to the board in the FY 2018 budget.

After all the figures are tallied up and balanced, Polk School District will have an ending balance of $2.1 million left in the bank when they finish up the coming budget year.

The District has completed 83.33 percent of the fiscal year as of April 2017. Revenues were 0.24 perent less than expected. Expenditures were 13.93 percent less than projected. The general fund balance was $8,612,914.40.

SPLOST proceeds reported for April were $386,342.21. The Balance in the Construction 2014 Account is $320,864.78. The Balance in the SPLOST V account is $1,284,861.60. The Balance in the Construction 2016 Account is $1.00.

The Board gave their final approve the FY18 Budget as presented; This year’s budget includes $13 million in local tax revenue and $70,000 from other local sources, with a majority of the annual revenue coming from more than $46 million in money from the state. Most of that money will go toward funding teacher salaries and insurance, which with 2 percent raises tallied in was set at just over $45 million for the year.

The CTAE FY18 Local Plan is a document encompassing all of our required data to be eligible for federal and state allocations under the CTAE umbrella. Each year this information must be submitted to Georgia Department of Education by May 15 and approved by the Board of Education at the following meeting.

Based on the review with the third party administrator for Workers Compensation, Arthur J Gallagher, the Board was recommended to approve the Workers Compensation as presented.

The Board renew the contract with the Board of Regents of the University of Georgia System for the 4-H County Extension Program Assistant position at a cost of $4,882.

The Board approved to continue with Trammel Lawn Care services for 2017-2018 school year. This service was recently raised in price due to increase in travel in lawn care. The total cost for the lawn care service was $192,684.

For additional needs, such as new sprinkles, they will now be additional charged in supplement now instead of a overall flat fee.

An upcoming community input meetings for the Superintendent search is now being held in Rockmart and Cedartown. the meeting for Rockmart will be at Georgia Northwestern Technical College Auditorium at 446 Brock Road, Rockmart at 6 p.m. The meeting for Cedartown will be held at Polk County College and Career Academy on 167 Frank Lott Drive Cedartown,Ga 30125 at 6 p.m.