Bartow school audits show no findings, budget on track
by Mark Andrews
Nov 20, 2013 | 1269 views | 0 0 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Bartow County School System recently completed its audits for individual schools which showed no findings, says Director of Finance Megan Brown. As system auditors examine finances through December, Brown said the system’s budget appears to be on track for expenditures and revenues.

“We will begin receiving our greatest portion of local revenue over the next couple of months as property taxes are due,” Brown said during Monday’s Bartow County Board of Education work session. “At this time we will rebalance our cash and look at some other investment options we have in order to maximize those returns.

“... As you go through most of the expenditures ... we are below the 33 percent collection rate. This is attributed to the staff being conservative with their spending. As we approach the holiday breaks, revenue normally levels off some and that will pick up again once we get back from the holiday breaks.

“... Looking at the bottom line, we’re currently about 2 percent over in comparison to the expenditures and revenue, ... but the portion of the local taxation dollars coming in will help level that off and keep us on target with our projections.”

In other news from the work session, board member Anna Sullivan reported on a recent meeting with the school nutrition committee regarding progress within the system’s nutrition program.

“The free and reduced lunch percentage countywide is just over 61 percentage with our lowest percentage at Woodland High School and our highest percentage is at Kingston Elementary [School],” Sullivan said. “... We have health rating scores of 100 percent in nine schools and 96 to 99 [percent] rating in six schools and we only had three schools with ratings that were slightly below 95 percent.”

Sullivan also reported on her experience attending the recent School Board Governance Symposium held in October at the University of Georgia.

“This was really a great session because it included other school board members from throughout the state [and] the focus of the session was on why good governance matters,” Sullivan said. “The symposium started off with a presentation by the executive director of the National School Boards Association and then it was followed by a panel presentation of governance challenges, examples of improved education from around the country and it’s really exciting to hear what’s going on, but it’s even more exciting to see that our Georgia schools are incredibly competitive with what’s going on.

“... It was a great opportunity and I was happy to learn at the end that we actually do get continuing education credit for it and we’re ahead of the game on that too.”