Muscogee Co. school board gives wish list to lawmakers

Muscogee Co. school board gives wish list to lawmakers

MUSCOGEE COUNTY, GA (WTVM) - State lawmakers came to town to meet with top school leaders in the Columbus area about what they want for the Muscogee County School District.

The Muscogee County school board's tentative legislative priorities or recommendations for 2016 include allowing local school districts to pursue other health care options for employees outside the State Health Plan, to help those with lower pay.

Another one is to support adding a referendum to the November 2016 ballot related to the property tax freeze issue.

Two other items on the MCSD wish list for lawmakers involve retirement: to consider reinstating retired educators to be employed in full-time positions in critical need fields - like math, science and special education - without jeopardizing their retirement; also, improvement of the Public School Employee Retirement Savings plan, which the local school board considers "inadequate and produces very little income for long service retirees from custodial, plant service, food service, and bus driving positions."

One more legislative recommendations from the school board is to increase funding for staffing that supports students with exceptionalities or disabilities, which is on the rise in Georgia, especially students with autism or emotional/behavioral disorders.

The 2016 session of the Georgia General Assembly, will convene in January.

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