Board of Education budget approved
Sticking to their goals of no jobs cut, no millage rate increase and no fund balance decrease, the McDuffie County Board of Education approved their FY2010 budget during the June regular meeting.
At $49,750,132, the budget is $3,088,551 less than last year's budget. Although no one lost their job, every department cut expenditures by at least 5 percent, all certified employees received a $750 reduction of their local supplement annual pay divided over a 12-month period, all central office administrators and non-certified, 12-month employees were given three-day furloughs and parapros under 190-day contracts were reduced to 180-days.
Thirty-nine non-required and non-funded parapro positions were eliminated, reclassified under a new name, and the same employees were rehired for the new position, allowing their salaries to be paid with stimulus funds.
Commission meeting canceled for this week
The McDuffie County Board of Commissioners canceled their Wednesday meeting at the courthouse, citing lack of business to discuss.
Because only one item was due to be decided at the meeting, commissioners agreed to postpone this week's meeting and wait until their next meeting in two weeks to discuss that issue and others.
A workshop was held on Monday night with four of the five county commissioners attending. Those present included Commission Chairman Charlie Newton, Vice-Chairman Sammie Wilson, Sr., and Commissioners Paul McCorkle and Bill Jopling. Commissioner Fred Favors was absent.
Sanders elected to State Bar board
Toombs Judicial Circuit District Attorney Dennis C. Sanders of Thomson was elected to serve on the Board of Governors of the 40,000-member State Bar of Georgia and installed June 20 during the organization's annual meeting at Amelia Island, Fla.
Mr. Sanders will serve in the Toombs Judicial Circuit seat on the board. He is a graduate of the Walter F. George Law School at Mercer University and was admitted to the State Bar of Georgia in 1972.
The Board of Governors is the 150-member policymaking authority of the State Bar, with representation from each of Georgia's judicial circuits. The board holds regular meetings five times per year.
Usry elected to GMA board
Thomson Mayor Kenneth Usry was elected to the Board of Directors for the Georgia Municipal Association during the association's annual meeting in Savannah June 23. Mr. Usry will serve as an at-large member of the board.
"We are pleased to have Mayor Usry serving on the GMA Board of Directors," said GMA Executive Director Jim Higdon. "He has provided great leadership to GMA and I'm sure will continue to do so as a member of the board."
Based in Atlanta, GMA is a voluntary, non-profit organization that provides legislative advocacy, educational, employee benefit and technical assistance services to its 500 member cities.