Dougherty County Finance Committee Chairwoman Anita Williams-Brown, left, and committee member James Bush discuss outsourcing Monday during a regularly scheduled meeting of the Finance Committee.
ALBANY — The Dougherty County School System’s Finance Committee heard a piece of good news at its regular monthly meeting Monday.
Robert Lloyd, the DCSS’s executive director of finance and operations, informed the committee that the system had just received a QBE grant adjustment of $410,077 from the state, pushing the system’s 2011-2012 surplus to nearly $2 million.
Lloyd said the system hopes to carry that surplus into the next budget, which would reduce an anticipated $9.6 million shortfall to $7.6 million.
“We’re working on reducing the number of teacher furlough days for the 2012-13 school year,” Lloyd said.
The committee, looking at ways to cut costs, also discussed looking at the outsourcing of several system services, most notably facilities maintenance.
“We’ve been formally approached by a company to handle our facilities management,” Lloyd told the committee.
“I hope you and Dr. Murfree have studied this possibility to see what the ramifications are,” committee member and BOE Chair James Bush said.
“I know they tried to do this in Mitchell County a few years ago, and it did not work out well for them.”
Committee Chair Anita Williams-Brown agreed.
“I don’t know how well we can make this change with the economy in the shape it’s in,” she said. “I’m certainly not in favor of anyone losing their jobs. What we seem to realize is that any cuts in employment will hurt all of us. I’d really like to investigate this further.”
Lloyd then asked the committee members if they would like for him to put out an RFP (request for proposal) on the outsourcing of facility maintenance, and Williams-Brown and Bush both said they wanted to discuss it with the full board before a decision was made.
“We need to explore every avenue available to us (to save money),” Bush said. “But we need to be mindful and prudent. If we are going to err, we need to do it on the side of facts.”