The Cherokee County School District has posted a proposed budget that maintains the current millage rate while cutting $25 million in spending. CHEROKEE COUNTY SCHOOLS

Cherokee County schools cut spending by $25M in proposed budget

The Cherokee County School District has posted a proposed, $410 million operating budget that maintains the current millage rate of 19.45 mills, and cuts $25 million in spending in anticipation of an 11% decline in state education funding.

The budget, crimped by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, nonetheless envisions no furlough days and promises a longevity salary “step” increase for eligible staff – reflecting a district priority of maintaining competitive compensation.

A $30 million Ed SPLOST budget completes the Mill Creek Middle School classroom addition and Creekview High School agricultural classroom building; and begins construction of additional classrooms at Woodstock Middle School, a second gymnasium at Woodstock High School, and athletic facility improvements at Etowah High School, among other projects.

The budget is posted at: https://bit.ly/3eqWlGB Public hearings are set for 11:30 a.m., July 8, and 11:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., July 16.

The school board is to vote on the budget the evening of July 16. Information: https://bit.ly/2YWOGcB

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