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MCSD approves $268 million budget

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

On Monday night, the Muscogee County School District approved the budget of more than $268 million for the 2016 fiscal year with a 7-2 vote.

It took almost 30 minutes of discussion before the budget was approved, and a few board members were upset about not getting a line item detailed budget beforehand. 

Superintendent David Lewis says this new budget will include pay raises for certain teachers. 

"It's exactly outlined as it was in the previous meeting, making salary adjustments for some of our personnel as outlined previously," Lewis said. 

Everything else on Monday night's agenda was also approved including keeping the millage rate at 23.37 mills, increasing the school lunch price by five cents, and phasing out the gym at Fort Middle School. 

The board also heavily discussed using local vendors and contractors over the company their currently using out Tennessee. They will keep the company for now but will review their progress again in November. 

The board stopped for more discussion when it came to the resolution for a strategic waiver school system or and IE2 over a charter system. 

The board voted to submit a letter of intent to the state but this can be re-evaluated before the end of the first semester. 

This will allow the district freedom from specific provisions of state education law, rules and guidelines in exchange for increased accountability.

"It seems the least bit disruptive, but we're going to continue to study the charter district as well. We will ultimately make a decision and send in an application that meets our goals in becoming a premier school district," Lewis said. 

Several teachers were also appointed as principal or Vice Principals for different schools in the district.

At the end of the meeting, the board did go into executive session causing another firestorm between some board members wanting to discuss typically private issues in public. 

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