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Title I budget to go before Dougherty BOE

Dougherty County School System Finance Director Kenneth Dyer, left, discuses the DCSS's situation during Friday's Board of Education Finance Committee meeting as board member Anita Williams-Brown listens.

Dougherty County School System Finance Director Kenneth Dyer, left, discuses the DCSS's situation during Friday's Board of Education Finance Committee meeting as board member Anita Williams-Brown listens.

ALBANY — A drafted Title I budget for FY 2013 was presented to the Dougherty County Board of Education Finance Committee on Friday that outlines the anticipated expenses for the 22 schools in the system receiving that funding.

The line-item budget, the first the Dougherty County School System has pulled together, shows that there is an allocation of $4.1 million in Title I funds budgeted for the system overall.

It also breaks down the totals for the individual schools, and into various programs and services.

Monroe High School is expected to receive the most Title I funds to the tune of $469,040.

Of the other schools receiving funding, Live Oak Elementary School will be getting the smallest amount at $115,575.

The budget includes funding for more than 100 positions — including teachers, paraprofessionals and parent facilitators/coordinators. There were also several “set asides,” which included $758,006 to prepare for possible sequestration cuts.

Title I funds are distributed based on the needs of the student body within the individual schools depending on the free and reduced lunch population on campus as well as how its students performed under Adequate Yearly Progress.

In order to qualify as a Title I school, at least 40 percent of the school’s student body needs to be receiving free or reduced lunch, officials with the school system say.

Finance Committee members James Bush and Anita Williams-Brown opted on Friday to send the budget to the full board for consideration.

Carol Tharin, the third committee member, was absent.

The board is set to meet again on Wednesday at Radium Springs Elementary School.

In the meantime, hard copies of the budget are expected to be delivered to each of the school board members, and a digital copy is supposed to be included in the agenda packet on the school system’s website for public viewing prior to the meeting.

The briefing for Wednesday’s meeting will start at 2 p.m., with the meeting set to be officially called to order at 3 p.m.