04/17/2018 -- Sandy Springs, GA - Riverwood International Charter School police officer Donald Rene, left, and Fulton County School Police Detective Angela Washington, right, share a laugh while walking the halls of Riverwood International Charter School in Sandy Springs, Tuesday, April 17, 2018. ALYSSA POINTER/ALYSSA.POINTER@AJC.COM
Photo: Alyssa Pointer
Photo: Alyssa Pointer

Fulton County school board approves budget, creates school safety advisory committee

Fulton County school board members on Thursday adopted a $1 billion general fund budget that includes creating a school safety advisory committee.

School district Superintendent Jeff Rose said the committee will have a “keen focus” on strategies to better protect its schools, particularly Fulton’s elementary schools. Rose wants recommendations 90 days after the committee is created, which could come as soon as July. Implementing the recommendations could cost several million dollars, Rose said.

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State leaders are looking to make schools safer through policy and structural changes instead of gun legislation.

Board members spent about an hour discussing how much money should be committed and concerns about what security information will be shared with parents chosen to be on the committee.

The seven-member board adopted a tentative budget earlier this month for the coming school year. The general fund budget will provide spending for most classroom expenses and teacher salaries, which includes an average salary increase of about two percent for the district’s teachers and staff, Fulton County school district officials said.

The entire budget, which includes spending for capital projects, school nutrition and other costs, is about $1.7 billion. 

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