Marietta school district staff are expected to see a 6.5% pay boost beginning July 1, should the school board vote to approve the district’s fiscal 2020 budget on Tuesday.

The $108 million fiscal 2020 budget is projected to be $4.1 million, or nearly 4%, more than last year’s and provides improved nursing and custodial services, as well as the 6.5% across-the-board staff pay increases, according to Erin Franklin, the district’s chief financial officer. The raises account for nearly $5.5 million. The budget keeps the millage rate steady at 17.97 mills.

The board will also consider approval of Superintendent Grant Rivera’s proposed school calendars for the 2020-21 and 2021-22 school years. Those calendars mirror previous years’, as well as the Cobb School District’s calendars. Feedback from the community was overwhelmingly in support of a calendar that reflected the Cobb School District’s break schedule, according to Jason Waters, Marietta school board chairman.

Rivera’s 2020-21 calendar begins school on Aug. 4, with breaks in the fall semester from Sept. 28–Oct. 2, Nov. 23–27 and Dec. 21–Jan. 1. Winter semester includes breaks from Feb 15–19 and April 5–9. The last day of school is May 27.

In other business, the board is expected to consider:

♦ Approval of allocation of $416,080 in charter funds to Burruss Elementary School, Dunleith Elementary School, Hickory Hills Elementary School, Lockheed Elementary School, Park Street Elementary School, Sawyer Road Elementary School, West Side Elementary School, Marietta Center for Advanced Academics, Marietta Sixth Grade Academy, Marietta Middle School and Marietta High School;

♦ Approval of a $30,354 contract with Purified Air Services, Inc. to install HVAC filters at all school district facilities.

♦ Approval of a $99,625 contract with PlaySouth Playground Creators for the restoration of courtyards and installation of shade structures at the Marietta Sixth Grade Academy;

♦ Approval of a $24,500 contract with Stevens Gymnasium, Inc. for the refinishing of gym floors at the Marietta High School performance gym, the Marietta High School auxiliary gym, the Marietta Middle School blue gym, the Marietta Middle School auxiliary gym, the Marietta Sixth Grade Academy Gym, the Burruss Elementary School gym, the Lockheed Elementary School gym and the Sawyer Road Elementary School gym; and

♦ Approval of $23,506.20 of money from the latest voter-approved 1% sales tax for education to purchase 60 Chromebooks and two carts for Marietta Sixth Grade Academy’s world languages department.

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