As election day nears, I want to remind you of an important issue for our schools in the upcoming November 7 election. The Athens Board of Education voted earlier this summer to place a renewal earned income tax on the ballot.
The renewal levy funds the important day-to-day operations of our schools such as teachers,utilities and supplies. The levy represents approximately 12.5% of our general operating budget. With it, we can continue to maintain the current quality of education and provide what the community values such as smaller class sizes, opportunities for students and high quality professional development for teachers and staff.
We run a very lean budget and 12.5% of our budget is significant to our schools. We have worked hard to reduce costs. Over the last several years, in fact, we have reduced 13 teaching,administrative and other positions. In addition, our staff are doing their part and are paying more for their health insurance. Doing that meant a savings to our residents.
Thanks for continuing to be a vital partner with Athens City Schools.
Superintendent, Athens City School District