APS adopts FY15 budget, raises for many employees included - CBS46 News

APS adopts FY15 budget, raises for many employees included

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During a special legislative meeting Tuesday evening, the Atlanta Board of Education adopted the General Fund Budget for Atlanta Public Schools for fiscal year 2015.

The $658 million budget was passed by a vote of six to three.

Included in the budget are:

  • Fine arts and foreign language programs to ensure equity across the district
  • A one million dollar investment into a three-year, three million dollar commitment to APS' Physical Education Department
  • A four million dollar investment in the district's Student Support Team
  • Improving technology and support for classrooms
  • Expanding the Atlanta Virtual Academy

Also included in the budget are salary increases for a number of APS employees. All part-time and hourly workers will get a 5 percent raise. Full-time employees who have not received a raise in the past two years will get a step increase, and those who went without a raise in four years will get two steps.

Also, all full-time employees hired before 2014 will get a one time payment of $1,000. Those hired after the new year will get $500.

The total cost of these raises is about $15 million.

This year's budget is just about $60 million more than last years mostly because of more money collected from property taxes and a small increase in funding from the state.

The newly adopted budget does not include a millage rate raise for residents or furlough days for APS employees.

You can find more information about the FY15 budget on APS' website.

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