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Decatur School Board, superintendent to discuss COVID-19 mitigation, FY23 budget


Decatur School Board, superintendent to discuss COVID-19 mitigation, FY23 budget

The City Schools of Decatur School Board listens to online public comment during its regular meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022. The meeting was held both in person and virtually through Zoom. Photo by Dean Hesse.

Decatur, GA — The City Schools of Decatur School Board will meet on Tuesday, March 8, at 6:30 p.m. for a regular meeting. The meeting will be held in person at the Wilson School Support Center, 125 Electric Ave. in Decatur.

The meeting will also be available virtually through Zoom. To attend the meeting via Zoom, click here. To join by phone, dial 1-646-558-8656 or 1-301-715-8592. The webinar ID is 956 1415 9391.

To view the meeting agenda, click here.

During the superintendent’s comment portion of the meeting, Superintendent Maggie Fehrman will share updates on the district’s COVID-19 mitigation plans.

On March 1, City Schools of Decatur dropped its mask mandate and shifted to masks being strongly recommended following updated mask guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

CSD will also continue to implement other effective mitigation strategies, such as weekly testing, contact tracing, physical distancing when possible, and asking students and staff who feel ill to remain home, a previous press release from the district stated.

Fehrman and Chief Financial Officer Lonita Broome will also give a presentation about the fiscal year 2023 draft budget.

CSD’s current fiscal year, 2022, ends on June 30 and fiscal year 2023 begins on July 1. The next budget will need to be approved by July 1.

The school system anticipates starting the fiscal year with about $10.6 million in its capital fund budget and estimates capital fund expenditures will be about $6.3 million. CSD will receive about $40.5 million in revenue from the special purpose local option sales tax over a five-year period. In the first year, the district will get $8 million.

The preliminary FY23 general fund budget anticipates receiving about $85 million in revenue and spending the same amount, reflecting a balanced budget. The district’s fund balance, its reserve fund, will have a beginning balance of $5.6 million and a projected ending balance of $6.1 million.

Also, on the agenda:

— The school board will consider awarding a contract with Citisco for over $855,000 for kitchen equipment and replacements at almost all of CSD’s school facilities, including College Heights.

— The board will also discuss a recommendation from the CSD facilities department to install and upgrade the intercom system at Decatur High School. South Western Communications submitted a proposal to install and upgrade to a new system manufactured by Rauland Borg Corporation. The estimated cost in the proposal is $158,590.

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