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Erin Franklin

The Marietta school board will consider Tuesday the tentative approval of its 2020 budget, including raises for virtually all district staff. A vote for final approval is expected on June 18.

The $108 million fiscal 2020 budget is projected to be $4.1 million, or nearly 4%, more than last year’s and provides improved nursing and custodial services, as well as the 6.5% across-the-board staff pay increases announced last month, according to Erin Franklin, the district’s chief financial officer. The raises account for nearly $5.5 million.

The district expects to use about $3.1 million from its reserves to balance its fiscal 2020 budget, Franklin said, leaving the reserve balance at $14.1 million.

The budget also includes $125,098 for the improvement of nursing services, an increase of $91,306 for custodial services and $104,990 for a K-11 district math coach.

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

Franklin said she projects Marietta City Schools will receive an increase of about $2.6 million in revenue from an expected 6% increase in the total tax digest. But, Franklin said, she expects that increase will be offset by a loss of $2.5 million in tax revenue from license plate registrations.

“The net increase, we’re thinking, would be $138,649, but they are basically wiping each other out,” she said.

Effective July 1, Marietta City Schools will only receive a percentage of tax revenue from vehicles registered to addresses inside city limits, a change she said is thanks to the passage of a piece of state legislation during the 2018-19 legislative session.

Previously, Cobb and Marietta schools would split the revenue from tags registered in the entire county based on district enrollment, Franklin said. More frustrating, she said, is that there is so far no way to estimate the loss of revenue, so budgeting that portion is an educated “shot in the dark.”

“The worst part is, nobody can tell me anything,” she said. “The Georgia Department of Revenue cannot give me a projection on the effect.”

In other business, the school board is expected to consider:

♦ Upgrade of intercom systems at Marietta schools through a $268,336.09 contract with SWC-Richardson;

♦ HVAC improvements at Marietta Middle School and Marietta High School through $381,830 and $824,494.50 contracts, respectively, with R.K. Redding Construction, Inc.;

♦ Renovation of Lockheed Elementary School’s STEM Innovation Lab through a $54,597.60 grant from Lockheed Martin;

♦ Visitor control and safety improvements at Marietta Middle School through a $68,434.80 contract with R.K. Redding Construction, Inc.;

♦ Testing and inspection services for the Park Street Elementary construction project through a $67,780 contract with Matrix Engineering Group, Inc.;

♦ Courtyard improvements at Marietta Sixth Grade Academy through a $64,408 contract with Old Mountain Contracting Company; and

♦ New scoreboards for the baseball and softball fields at Marietta High School, through a $58,250 contract with Electro-Mech Scoreboard Company.

The Marietta school board meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the district’s offices on Howard Street in Marietta.

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