Dougherty County Executive Director of Finance and Operations Robert Lloyd discusses cost-saving alternatives with the DCSS Finance Committee on Tuesday.
ALBANY, Ga. — The Dougherty County School System could save between $1 million and $1.5 million with limited consolidation of facilities, according to Executive Director of Finance and Operational Services Robert Lloyd.
Lloyd told the system’s Finance Committee Tuesday that the system could save between $900,000 and $950,000 by consolidating an elementary school and between $1.4 to $1.5 million for a middle school, “depending on staff.”
Lloyd added the full School Board would learn more at its regular meeting on Monday when a consultant who specializes in rezoning and consolidation issues would give a report.
He also said other cost-saving measures being looked at were outsourcing some services in transportation, child nutrition services and custodial service.
Lloyd said that his office has sent out an RFP (Request for Proposal) in regard to the system’s Alternative Education Program.
“It’s clear we are not hitting the mark with AE — we’re still losing too many children,” he said.
The system is looking for ways to offset an anticipated $9 million shortfall in the upcoming FY2012-13 budget. That budget must be balanced and and approved by the Board before it is presented to the state by June 30.
On the bright side, Lloyd says he expects the system will receive a $10,466,981 equalization grant from the state — which is $1.3 million greater than the previous year.
That increase with be eaten up by spikes in health insurance and teacher retirement costs, which will also rise over the next three years. These increases will affect both the DCSS and individual employees.
In addition, don’t expect teacher furlough days to go away anytime soon.
“We have a choice between furloughs and layoffs,” Committee Chairperson Anita Williams-Brown said. “A lot of people out there think that we are the only school system furloughing employees, but they are wrong. It’s happening all over the state. I promise you, we are working as hard as we can to keep people in their jobs.”