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Dougherty Co. Schools asks for funding flexibility

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Dougherty County school board members are asking the state for permission to spend money a little differently.

A law passed several years ago requires school districts to spend at least 65 percent of their total expenditures on direct instruction. That includes things like classroom materials and teacher salaries.  

Monday night school board members approved a waiver, asking the state to allow them to spend just 60 percent.

They want to use the money left over on other mandatory costs like health insurance, utilities, and fuel.

"Those are costs that we have to pay and they're not instructional," said Dougherty County Schools Director of Finance Ken Dyer. "So it's kind of difficult, especially when  your budget is tight and revenues are declining and your costs are increasing and those costs are not instructional. It's kind of hard to meet that 65 percent."

The state has approved this waiver for the Dougherty County School System for several years.

In 2010 only 56 of the state's 180 school districts followed a 65 percent rule.


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