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DCSS panel looks into credit card fees

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.

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.

Comments

Jacob 2 years, 4 months ago

"and reviewed system policy on nepotism,"

LOLOLOLOL

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waltspecht 2 years, 4 months ago

I don't see how these small charges can be economically processed with Credit or Debit cards. I do see how someone will profit by administering the service.

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waltspecht 2 years, 4 months ago

So what's this about another member of DCSS being investigated for Lunch program fraud?

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LuLu 2 years, 4 months ago

DCSS -- the gift that keeps on giving.

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speakup 2 years, 4 months ago

I do believe they take wayyyy more than they give.

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TheBoss 2 years, 4 months ago

What Bank is going to give a credit card to people that don't have good credit? Cash is best unless the person in charge is a thief.

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waltspecht 2 years, 4 months ago

Cash on the other hand provides too many opportunities for the thieves and Bully's among the students. Stealing lunch money still goes on every day. Whether we want to believe it or not.

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Jack_Frost 2 years, 4 months ago

Maybe they can raise enough revenue by using debit and credit cards for fees to cover Velvet Riggins' school lunch fees...because heaven forbid she pay her OWN fees, right?

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