The positions start in January, and both Johnson and Williamson said they are honored to have been elected.
“I’m very honored to be selected as chair, and I look forward to working with the new superintendent,” said Johnson, who currently serves as vice chair. “Of course any time you got a new superintendent come on or new board members come on, the board is kind of a recomposition, but we work well together. We’ve got a pretty strong board who generally likes each other, … and any one of us could easily serve as chair.”
Williamson, who serves as a board member alongside Brian Barcomb and David Cox, said he was looking forward to tackling hefty future decisions.
“I hope to help contribute to the good work that’s been done in the past, and I look forward to working with the board,” Williamson said. “We’ve got some critical financial decisions to be made, and we’ve just got to work through them.”
It was also the first meeting for new Superintendent Jeff McDaniel, who said he was looking forward to working with the board, as well.
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The amount for the Title I-A budget was $2,265,850, and the money goes toward improving academic achievement among students. The Title II-A budget includes $310,184 for improving teacher quality.
The Title II-B budget was $647,747 for math and science partnerships with institutions of higher education, namely Berry College and Shorter University, where students partake in educational programs during the summer months. The Title III-A budget allowed $45,974 for English-Language Arts improvements and additions in educational materials.
The board also approved the McKinney-Vento budget, a total of $43,500 that is geared toward helping homeless students stay in school and also for academically at risk students.
“Property tax collections are coming in very well, which keeps our cash balance with adequate funds,” he said. “We will see the majority of tax collections coming in the next two months as the Nov. 15 due date gets closer.”
The expenditure budget was at approximately $146,442, or 33.49 percent. McDaniel said the expenditure budget is coming back in line with the percentage of budget year completed and this trend should continue, and changes in personnel after Nov. 30 will add to the savings.