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CCSD News and Announcements
For Immediate Release
For more information contact:
April 28, 2011
Jay Dillon (770) 426-3345

Superintendent Presents Tentative FY2012 Budget
Fiscal Restraint, Sound Planning Result in “Good News” For District

Superintendent Fred Sanderson presented the Board of Education the Fiscal Year 2012 tentative budget at the board’s regular meeting today and told board members the budget is a “good news story” for school district employees and stakeholders. The district’s careful implementation of significant spending cuts and service reductions over the past three years, along with prudent management of federal stimulus dollars, has left the district in a better financial position than many had anticipated in this difficult economic climate. As a result, the district anticipates no teacher layoffs, maintaining current class-size ratios, and two furlough days for district staff compared to the five days originally anticipated.

The tentative FY2012 General Fund budget projects $817,339,204 in revenue, primarily from local property tax collections and state QBE funding. The budget projects $851,793,623 in expenditures, a slight increase from last year, but still nearly $100 million below the district’s operating budget just three years ago. The $34.5 million difference between revenues and expenditures will be addressed with funds saved through careful fiscal management by the district’s financial staff, including: 1) approximately $25 million from the current FY2011 budget set aside in anticipation of state funding cuts that were far lower than projected, and 2) approximately $9.5 million that was set aside from the 2010 Federal Education Jobs Bill.

“I am very pleased to be able to present a budget to the school board that is focused as much as possible on our employees,” said Superintendent Fred Sanderson. “Our employees have borne the brunt of the drastic budget cuts we’ve had to make over the past few years – including salary cuts, multiple furlough days and layoffs. We were able to set aside some federal dollars last year because we knew that the economic picture was not likely to improve much if at all. Our planning has left us in very sound shape financially.”

Budget considerations for FY2012 include:

  • A 178-day school year;
  • Two furlough days for all staff;
  • No teacher layoffs;
  • A salary step increase for eligible employees implemented at mid-year;
  • A millage rate of 20, with a proposed reduction to the current rate of 18.9 achieved through a transfer of SPLOST II excess funds;
  • Current class-size ratios maintained; and,
  • A 7.6 percent decrease in the local property tax digest.

The Board of Education will discuss the proposed FY2012 budget at a budget work session on May 4, 2011 at 6 p.m. at the district central office, 514 Glover Street, Marietta, GA 30060. The board is expected to approve a final FY2012 budget at the June 8, 2011 work session.

FY2012 Budget Development Calendar