Monday June 24th, 2024 3:02PM

Hall school board calls meeting after forgetting to adopt budget

By Caleb Hutchins Assistant News Director

The Hall County School Board will meet Monday, May 22 after forgetting to adopt the district's preliminary Fiscal Year 2024 budget at their meeting earlier this week.

In a video posted on the school district's YouTube page, Superintendent Will Schofield said he takes responsibility for the mistake.

"We had just an absolute building full of recognitions Monday night. I wish I had a better excuse, but the moment got to us and we just forgot," Schofield said. "We had all of our budget sitting out, we had the documents ready to go, and we realized after we called for adjournment that I had not called to adopt the preliminary budget. I apologize."

More than 60 students were recognized Monday for a variety of achievements as the board held its last scheduled meeting before graduations.

Schofield showed some figures for the preliminary budget that will be voted on Monday. It shows a $46 million increase in revenues and a $33 million increase in expenditures.

Most of the revenue increase would come from local sources, assuming the millage rate stays the same. Most of the increased expenditures would come from teacher raises and increased health insurance premiums.

"The good news is we continue to have a healthy reserve fund," Schofield said. "We anticipate spending between five and 10 million dollars of reserve funds this year to make the budget balance."

Monday's meeting will be at 5:00 p.m. at the school district's central office building on Green Street in Gainesville. More information about the proposed preliminary budget can be found on the school district's website.

The final FY24 budget is expected to be adopted by the school board before the end of May.

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