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Teachers, employees to see extra funds; school security beefed up
by Bobby Tedder and Noreen Cochran
September 02, 2014 03:05 PM | 3476 views | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Designated math and science teachers working in the Fulton County Schools district can look forward to additional state funds to aid their instructional efforts.

That news was unveiled during the Aug. 21 school board meeting at Dunwoody Springs Elementary School in Sandy Springs.

“I received notification from the state Department of Education that they have continued to fund the math and science supplemental grants, which means that some of our math and science teachers will receive funding,” said district Superintendent Robert Avossa. “Our district allotment is $1.62 million.”

The Georgia Department of Education provides the districts with the listing of teachers who are eligible. The funds are expected to be doled out to instructors of those aforementioned subjects who have less than five years of experience.

“Our expected pay date for this math and science supplement is Sept. 30,” Avossa said. “This grant will be part of the November budget adjustment presented to the board for approval at that time.”

The superintendent also announced when staffers will receive their previously announced 3 percent one-time raise — incorporated into the fiscal 2015 budget.

“I’ve directed our finance folks — Mr. [Robert] Morales, as chief financial officer — to include that one-time compensation in the last payroll in December,” Avossa said. “So, before employees leave for their winter break, that 3 percent will be included in their pay.”

The meeting was short-handed, with school board president Linda Schultz, vice president Linda McCain and Katie Reeves absent from the proceedings.

Linda Bryant presided over the 15-minute meeting, the first of the 2014-15 school year, in Schultz’s place.

In other business, the board unanimously approved 4-0 a banking resolution for Banneker High School, giving new Principal DeMarcos D. Holland and assistant principals Doryiane W. Gunter and John T. Madden Jr. check-signing privileges at United Community Bank in Fairburn.

The next meeting is Sept. 9 at the school administrative center, 786 Cleveland Ave. SW, Atlanta.

It will start with an executive session at 12:30 p.m., followed by presentations at 2 p.m., a review of the Sept. 18 agenda at 4:30 p.m. and recognitions and public comment at 6 p.m.

At its Aug. 12 meeting, the school board heard a back-to-school update about instructional programs, initiatives and capital improvement projects debuting this year.

Highlights included a reorganized police force.

“School police, of course, already remain in middle and high schools as a district. That continues, as it always has,” Deputy Superintendent of Operations Patrick Burke said. “We have expanded the use of what are called campus security associates. These are non-sworn personnel that provide an additional level of support.”

The district also created zones, like precincts, he said, at one elementary school in each learning community with a lieutenant and investigator who are “mobile assets” able to respond to incidents.

Overall, the security personnel staff was beefed up by 30 percent, Burke said.

Deputy Superintendent of Academics Scott Muri gave a preview of the launch of the charter system’s 33-school Cohort 3.

Cohort 3 schools in the south learning community are Brookview, Cliftondale, Gullatt, Heritage, Liberty Point, Seaborn Lee and S.L. Lewis elementary schools and Banneker and Creekside high schools.

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