From left, Dougherty County Finance Committee members Anita Williams-Brown, Carol Tharin and James Bush listen to Superintendent Joshua Murfree speak during a finance meeting Tuesday morning at the DCSS school administration building.
ALBANY, Ga. — The Dougherty County School System’s finance committee on Tuesday listened to an update from the DCSS Finance Department of the possibility of adding a credit card processing system so the system can more easily collect fees.
Kenneth Dyer said the department feels the system would benefit from being able to take credit and debit cards for school-incurred expenses, such as extended day, lunch and book fees.
He said the department is considering three processing firms — Capital City, SunTrust and Horizon. Dyer said the department would make a recommendation later for the committee’s consideration.
In other business, the committee heard from DCSS Director of Finance Robert Lloyd on raising fees on the public’s use of school facilities.
Use of school auditoriums/gyms/cafeterias will rise to $400 per day, or $50 per hour.
Use of classrooms and media centers will move to $20 per hour, and services including custodial services, school police and sound technicians will have a 30 percent surcharge tacked on to real cost.
Lloyd also informed the committee that the $10 million tax anticipation note taken out in September would be paid off by the end of the year.
The committee also was given an update on federal programs and reviewed the DCSS policy on lowest-bid contracts.
The personnel committee met at the conclusion of the finance meeting and reviewed system policy on nepotism, whistle blowers and fraternization.