School Board approves 18,759,687 ’22 Fiscal Year Budget;


The Dade County School Board voted on and approved the 2022 Fiscal Year budget during their July meeting:

During his report, Superintendent Josh Ingle specified that Dade County will be continuing their focus on their “Character Strong” mission for the upcoming school year.

Principal Charity Barton of Davis Elementary covered their year-end report with the theme “The Little School that Could,” saying that though they were a little school,  they buckled down and did what it took to make it through the year.

The Maintenance and Transportation report included the addition of a new high-quality diagnostics machine for vehicles, a new A/C unit at DES gym, new A/C in the Dade Middle server room, as well as other minor additions.

Information was also provided regarding the yearly Kilowatts saved by the solar panels on top of the high school: Total savings from August 2018 to May 2021 was a little over 179,000 Kilowatt hours. According to the GA Power calculator, that’s around $17,000 – $30,000 in savings.

The Technology Department is applying to the ECF (Emergency Connectivity Fund) of Georgia to cover the 1675 Chromebooks that are coming up for replacement. That’s roughly $500,000 worth of computer equipment that the School Board would have to replace.

Georgia House Bill 146 120 hours parental leave for the birth, adoption, or fostering of a child. This would be in addition to any eligible maternity leave, according to Josh Ingle. This policy was laid on the table until the August meeting.

by Orey Yates