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Some Fulton teachers to see extra state funds
by Bobby Tedder
August 28, 2014 02:12 PM | 8048 views | 0 0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Robert Avossa
Robert Avossa
Gail Dean
Gail Dean
Designated math and science teachers working in the Fulton County Schools district can look forward to additional state funds to aid their instructional efforts.

That news was unveiled during last week’s Fulton Board of Education meeting at Dunwoody Springs Elementary School in Sandy Springs.

“I received notification from the state Department of Education that they have continued to fund the math and science supplemental grants, which means that some of our math and science teachers will receive funding,” said district Superintendent Robert Avossa. “Our district allotment is $1.62 million.”

The Georgia Department of Education provides the districts with the listing of teachers who are eligible. The funds are expected to be doled out to instructors of those aforementioned subjects who have less than five years of experience.

“Our expected pay date for this math and science supplement is Sept. 30,” Avossa said. “This grant will be part of the November budget adjustment presented to the board for approval at that time.”

The superintendent also announced when staffers will receive their previously announced 3 percent one-time raise — incorporated into the fiscal 2015 budget.

“I’ve directed our finance folks — Mr. [Robert] Morales, as chief financial officer — to include that one-time compensation in the last payroll in December,” Avossa said. “So, before employees leave for their winter break that 3 percent will be included in their pay.”

Last week’s meeting was short-handed, with school board president Linda Schultz, vice president Linda McCain and Katie Reeves absent from the proceedings.

Linda Bryant presided over the meeting in Schultz’s place. It marked the first meeting of the 2014-15 school year.

At one point, board member Gail Dean recounted what she termed positive input from a recent Sandy Springs Kiwanis Club meeting.

“It was very interesting to hear comments that were made about our [school] district versus other local districts in terms of how we are very willing to look at innovation … which the charter system allows us to do,” Dean said. “I hope we continue to move on and go in that direction.

“[The experience] was very positive.”

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