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School Board OK's New School Construction
Monday, 01 June 2009

June 1--  Construction of a new middle school and high school in Montgomery County has the green light.

The school board voted Monday night to approve the estimated $17 million project on the site currently occupied by eight buildings which make up the school complex on Dobbins Street.  One school board member, Deloris James of Alston, voted against the project.

The school board will need to raise about $8 million through a bond referendum which it plans to ask voters to approve November 3rd.  The balance would come from the state and from existing school sales tax revenue.

Meanwhile, the school system is making adjustments to its proposed operating budget for next year because of shortfalls in state revenue.  "The revenue budget for fiscal year 2010 is $8,518,464.  That is an overall reduction in general fund revenue of 13.4 percent which tells you the significance of the state budget cuts," says School Superintendent Dr. Lynn Batten.

Dr. Batten told the board the shortfall is being made up by cancelling the school system contract for a privately-operated alternative school, by eliminating local supplements to teachers of $300 each and by instituting furloughs for administrative employees.

The school board applauded state test results in school system. Montgomery County High School juniors' scores on the Georgia High School Graduation Test rank them in the top eight percent in the state and well above all the high schools in the local area.

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