Fiscal Year 2023 Budget Approved
Board Members adopted the Fiscal Year 2023 Budget for All Funds. This Budget consists of five components: the General Fund Budget, General Obligation Debt Budget, Special Revenue Funds Budget, Capital Projects Funds Budget, and Other Funds Budget. The Final budget under consideration reflects a millage decrease of 0.50 mills for a total combined millage of 17.631 mills (17.631 mills for maintenance and operations and 0 mills for general obligation bond debt). Some of the key highlights included in this budget are as follows:
- Minimum 5% COLA for all employees
- Minimum entry level pay at $15 dollars an hour
- General Fund balanced with no use of fund balance
Fiscal Year 2023 Tax Millage Levy Approved
The Board approved the recommendation to the Chatham County Commissioners and Ex Officio Judges thereof that there be levied upon the dollar of all taxable property in Chatham County, Georgia, a General Fund Tax of 17.631 mills, a G.O. Bond Debt Tax of 0 mill, and an aggregate millage rate of 17.631 mills in the Year of 2022 for the support and maintenance of public education. This represents a rollback of .50 mil from the previous year's rate of 18.131.
Multimedia Classroom Presentation Systems Purchase Approved
On June 2, 2021, the Board approved the award of RFP 21-28 – Multimedia Classroom Presentation Systems (Annual Contract) to NetPlanner Systems, Inc. for an estimated amount of $700,000. On June 1, 2022, the Board approved the first Contract Renewal for an estimated cost of $3,000,000. Under this renewal, it will enable the District to transition from existing multimedia projector systems to Viewsonic Viewboards for elementary, middle, K-8 and high schools for forty (40) sites pending installation and completion of the new systems. The $3,000,000 estimated cost for the contract renewal did not include AE Intercom, classroom audio, and camera upgrades for the following facilities: Woodville Tompkins HS, Largo Tibet (Intercom only), Windsor Forest ES (intercom only), Savannah Arts Academy, Godley Station, Pulaski, Garrison K-8, STEM Academy @ Bartlett, and West Chatham Elementary. The estimated cost for these projects is $3,000,000. The Board has approved the additional expenditure, bringing the total estimated cost of the first Contract Renewal Year to $6,000,000.
New Vehicle Purchases Approved for Campus Police
The Board ratified the request to purchase five new vehicles from the established Georgia Statewide Contract. Statewide contracts are established by State Purchasing through the Department of Administrative Services, for the benefit of government entities located throughout Georgia. Campus Police will add two Ford SuperCrew Pick-up Trucks and three Ford Mustang Mach-E Electric Vehicles to their fleet – meeting the District's needs and complying with the Departments Zero-Emissions pilot program.
Before and After School Care Program Contract Approved
The Board approved the award of RFP 22-52 Before and After School Care Program Services (Annual Contract) to The YMCA of Coastal Georgia, Inc. at a total annual reimbursed cost to the District of $72,000.00 for facility usage and a cost to students as listed below:
Professional Consulting Services Contract for ESPLOST Projects Approved
Due to increased workload, staff have identified the need for consulting services that will bring support to concentrate on and manage the District's complex construction projects and services. The Board approved the award of Contract # MC22136 to the firm of Henley Management, LLC for one (1) year period with two (2) additional one (1) year periods, in the amount of $249,600.00. Henley Management, LLC will be providing construction management services and support that will focus on the planning and managing of specific projects within the District's ESPLOST program. Henley Management, LLC will work closely with District staff to ensure the needs of the District will be met and to comply with the District's terms and conditions.
A number of personnel moves were made at the June Special Called Meeting of the Board. Congratulations to the following:
Rebecca Andrew has been named Interim Center Leader of Savannah Early College.
Bridget Bryant-Gordon has been named Interim Principal of Rice Creek School.