ALBANY, Ga. -- In its second meeting in less than a month, the Dougherty County Finance Committee voted unanimously Tuesday morning to forward two action items to the full school board for consideration.
The committee was also updated by Executive Finance Director and Operations Ken Dyer on the status of state QBE (Quality Basic Education) funding for the district's upcoming FY2013-14 annual budget.
The first item approved by the committee was recommendation to move a $20,000 Perkins Grant carryover to teacher training and professional learning.
Perkins Grant money is used in CTAE (Career, Technical and Agricultural Education) development.
The second item approved was the earmarking of $356,800 in Title II, Part A money to be used to improve teacher quality within the system.
The money is a combination of a carryover from the current budget and a new state allocation.
In other business, Dyer told the committee he is tentatively expecting $77,502,255 in state QBE funding for FY14 -- which reflects $10,522,342 in state austerity cuts. Those cuts, however, are $961,324 less than the current fiscal year.
The $77 million is $2 million more than the district received in FY13. The bulk of the increase came from upticks in total QBE formula earnings ($1.4 million) and in equalization funding ($1.2 million).
The finance committee, which usually meets monthly, has doubled its monthly meeting schedule as the the district nears a late June deadline for submitting its FY13-14 budget to the state Department of Education.