Clayton’s budget includes a freeze in teacher salaries, a decrease in contributions to the Teachers Retirement System and the use of almost $40 million in the school system’s fund balance, the district said.
“The salaries will be frozen this year because of the financial situation,” Clayton County Schools Superintendent Morcease Beasley said. “The expectation is once we get through this … the compensation process and studies we’ve been doing will continue.”
Leaders also said teachers won’t have to face cuts in pay, but that came with a qualifier.
“At this time furlough days are not recommended,” Benton said, leaving open the possibility if there are more state cuts.
The district’s budget includes $487 million in general funds spending, $71.1 million in special revenue, $89 million for capital projects and s46.2 million in the enterprise fund.
More than $7 million is set for buying laptops. Beasley received special permission from the board earlier in the pandemic after it became clear that some students couldn’t access digital learning because they did not have a computer at home.
Wednesday’s public meeting also yielded a question on funding for school resource officers. Some schools are doing away with them in the aftermath of the George Floyd’s death while in custody of Minneapolis police.
But Beasley said he has no such plan.
“Our school resource officers do a pretty good job of building relationships with our students and I anticipate they will continue to do so,” he said.