Muscogee County School Board approves budget for 2017 fiscal year

Muscogee County School Board approves budget for 2017 Fiscal Year

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Even with school out for summer the Muscogee County School Board met to discuss the budget for the 2017 school year amongst other topics.

With a vote of seven to two, the board approved a $1.7 million budget.

How they got to that number is different than in years past. They were given an additional $5.7 million from the state however that offset by a $4 million loss in state funding bringing the grand total to $1.7 million.

All of that money will go directly to a two percent pay increase for all teachers and certified educators across the district.

"Obviously passing the tentative budget we are very pleased with that, it will give our teachers and employees the well deserved raise they have earned and we are happy to do that," said Superintendent Dr. David Lewis. 

Along with the budget the board approved the plan to move forward on the construction of a new parking lot at Columbus High. The property located at 1906 Cherokee Ave. will be added to the existing parking area nearly doubling the amount of parking spaces for Columbus High students.

The project will cost $485,000 dollars.  That will not be the only construction project however, there will be three more projects across the district including Hardaway High, Shaw High and Dimon Elementary. They all have been approved to move forward with re-roofing projects.

Hardaway was last re-roofed in 1995 the other two in 1996. Shaw has experience excessive leaks over the past few years this will now eliminate the problem, though it will be the most expensive at $3.1 million, Hardaway will cost $1.98 million and Dimon $815,000.

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