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Teacher contracts delayed as officials await state info

Staff and faculty of the McDuffie County Board of Education have to wait a little longer than they are accustomed to for approval of their contracts for the 2009-2010 school year.

Last year, employee contracts were recommended to and approved by the board in February. That was the plan again this year. However, the McDuffie School System has not yet received its revenue allotment sheet from the state. State School Superintendent Kathy Cox told system superintendents via conference call that they may have preliminary allotment sheets sometime later in March or early April, according to McDuffie Superintendent Mark Petersen.

"This will allow us to prepare a budget using 'in the ballpark' numbers.' Many systems across Georgia have moved their contract approvals to March and April. ... We are planning for April teacher renewals," Dr. Petersen said in an email.

In the past, contracts have been renewed in March, with the exception of last year. The FY09-FY10 contract delay is due only to the uncertainty of state revenues, Dr. Petersen said. In a budget work session attended by The McDuffie Mirror on Feb. 17, the school board met with Dr. Petersen and comptroller Tom Smalley. At that time, they said cuts in the budget would be necessary, but no employee would lose their job and no position would be eliminated.

Another budget work session is planned during the last week of this month.

Web posted on Thursday, March 26, 2009

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