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School board considers work sessions on budget efficiency
by Liz Marino
November 01, 2012 03:02 PM | 2255 views | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A Paulding County Board of Education member says the board should meet in special work sessions to only seek ways to find potential savings in its budget.

District 2 School Board member Nick Chester last week suggested the board look at ways of being more efficient and “things we can do smarter.”

According to Chester, “The actual proposal is for the board to have work sessions specifically for the ‘efficiency review project’ instead of forming or appointing a committee.”

The board work sessions, according to the presentation, would focus on finding district-wide savings in non-core educational expenditures that impact the general fund, such as business support services, school administration, media staff services, student transportation, maintenance and operations and instructional staff services.

Chairman Michael Skelton suggested an organizational pairing of items to focus on during the proposed work sessions, which would put together proposed items for review rather than reviewing each separately.

Board members saw proposed work session guidelines that suggested board members would serve without per diem and compensation for the duration of the project.

However, School Superintendent Cliff Cole said the proposed efficiency review is something that could be incorporated into the budget review process already in place by department managers and district staff.

In other action, the board approved a revision to a board policy to allow the use of electronic devices for instructional times by students in grades nine through 12.

The board also unanimously approved accepting low bids from:

- West Georgia Fire Extinguishers in Carrollton for annual inspections of fire extinguishers and kitchen hood services;

- For septic and grease trap pumping services, renewal with Hamby’s Waste in Hiram;

- For EMC Security of Suwanee for system-wide security monitoring services;

- For uniform service of the maintenance and transportation department staff by Unifirst of Atlanta;

- For fencing services from Maudin Cook Fence Co. of Marietta;

- For custodial supplies and services from Southeast Link of Atlanta.

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