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Fulton school board approves budget for 2011-12
Fulton school board approves budget for 2011-12

FULTON CO., Ga. -- The Fulton County Board of Education voted unanimously to approve an $819.5 million general fund budget for the 2011-12 school year.

The budget provides funding for an anticipated 1,600 additional students, as well as teachers and support staff needed to accommodate the growth.

It does not include any furlough days for employees, and if the proposed millage rate is approved, there will be no property tax increase for most homeowners.

"This budget is an indication that the state and local financial landscape is improving," said Robert Avossa, superintendent of the Fulton County School System. "I give credit to [former superintendent] Dr. Cindy Loe for working diligently with the school board and financial services staff to create a budget that is financially sound and takes care of our students and staff."

Due to the current economy, the fiscal year 2012 budget provides few program funding increases, but it does provide for new language arts textbooks in grades kindergarten through 12, as well as increased flexibility in some local school funding areas.

"Like other school systems, Fulton has experienced several difficult budget years," said school board president Linda Schultz. "I'm pleased, though, to see that this budget continues to put a focus on students and the classroom while also keeping our staff a priority by eliminating furlough days."

The new budget goes into effect July 1.