MCS passes budget for 2014-15 school year
by Haisten Willis
June 18, 2014 04:00 AM | 1917 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
MARIETTA — The Marietta school board passed a budget for the upcoming school year, with little discussion Tuesday night.

The budget includes a cut in the millage rate, 2 percent raises for all regular employees and no furlough days.

The vote was 4-0, with board members Jason Waters and Tom Cheater absent.

Marietta Schools Super-intendent Emily Lembeck was happy with the budget.

“Before you is a budget that I believe will enable our students to receive a high quality education and keep our system moving forward,” she said in her official budget statement.

The millage rate is expected to drop from 18.682 mills to 17.97 mills, a difference of $54 a year on a $200,000 home. The budget was dropped from 19.157 mills to 18.682 mills last year. Aside from the last two years, the millage rate has stood at 17.97 since 2001.

Lembeck said previously both millage rate decreases owed to bond debt reduction from the $8.5 million Marietta Performing Arts Center.

The proposed budget also calls for 14.5 new teachers, according to Erin Franklin, the system’s finance director.

Overall, plans call for a jump from 1,031 employees to 1,054 next year system-wide. The district’s fiscal year runs from July 1 to June 30.

Raises for mid-career teachers

Also during the meeting, the board unanimously approved a separate increase in the salary of mid-career teachers with bachelor’s or master’s degrees.

The move, which will cost the school system no more than $500,000, is designed to keep Marietta schools’ pay competitive with that of neighboring districts, according to Allison McMahon, director of human resources for Marietta schools.

McMahon said the raises go into effect for the 2014-15 school year. They are for teachers with bachelor’s degrees and seven to 12 years of experience and for teachers with master’s degrees and seven to 14 years of experience. McMahon said affected teachers will see raises of anywhere between $700 and $3,000 annually, depending on their previous pay and experience level.

The Marietta school system will re-evaluate pay scales for all employees over the coming months, according to Associate Superintendent Dayton Hibbs.

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