MARIETTA — The Marietta school board saw the district's full proposed budget for next school year for the first time during its meeting Tuesday.

Board members also approved the $760,840.01 purchase of 2,000 Chromebook laptops for elementary school students and OK'd two assistant principal appointments at Marietta High School.

Superintendent Grant Rivera's proposed $108 million fiscal 2020 budget, which begins July 1, is projected to be $4.1 million, or nearly 4%, more than last year's. It includes an average 6.5% across-the-board raise for virtually all staff.

Money for staff raises accounts for about $5.5 million of the proposed budget.

According to Erin Franklin, the district's chief financial officer, expenditures could dip into reserves for about $3.1 million, which would leave the reserve balance at about $14.1 million. 

Three certified positions, likely those of teachers, would also be dissolved under the proposed 2020 budget, saving the district $286,319. Franklin said those jobs will not come as layoffs, as staff allotments fluctuate with enrollment each year.

Other highlights of the proposed budget include $104,990 for a K-11 district math coach, $125,098 in additional money for nursing services and $91,306 for custodial services. 

The district estimates the athletics budget will break even, according to the budget presentation. Ticket sales, which account for all but $5,000 of athletics revenue, are projected to bring in $161,250 in the next fiscal year.

The school system's nutrition services budget is also expected to break even next fiscal year, but Franklin said the district will likely end this year with a deficit of $245,302, which will carry over. 

The district's community school program budget, which includes money for summer school, summer camp, driver's education and other programs, is expected to come in $578,229 in the black next fiscal year.

The board will vote on tentative budget approval on May 21.

In other business, the board approved the purchase of 2,000 Chromebook laptops, which Assistant Superintendent Eric Hofstetter said will primarily go to grades K-2. The purchase is an effort to bring the district to a 1-to-1 ratio of computer-to-student in grades K-5, he said.

The board also approved after executive session the appointment of two assistant principals at Marietta High School — Desirae House and Brandon Mann — effective July 9.

House will receive an annual salary of $67,629.89, and Mann will receive an annual salary of $98,711.

The two assistant principals will replace administrators Julie O'Meara, who was recently promoted to CEO of the district's future college and career academy, and Greg Taylor, who is headed to the Marietta Performance Learning Center, according to Rivera.

The Marietta school board meets for its voting session at 6 p.m. May 21 at the district’s offices on Howard Street in Marietta.

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