School Board Sets $22 Million Budget for FY-2024


On Monday, June 26th, the Dade County Board of Education held their monthly meeting. The agenda as presented was accepted and the minutes from May were also approved.

Superintendent, Josh Ingle, led from there by talking about the DCHS gym floor maintenance. Dade Elementary’s clock tower and exterior elements have been pressure washed. He reminded everyone that this is the last week of the school’s Summer Meals. Distributed from DCHS, these mealsa are for students 18 years and younger.

Kristen Barrett, Dade County School’s social worker spoke next. She gave a shout out to Bridge Health. Taylor Carter, Mason Lehmkul, and Tommy Vowell all have done tremendous work for our students. The DCS Helping Hands Ending Hunger Program’s Mobile Pantry distributed to 110 families, totalling 198 adults and 111 children. She then gave a rundown of the work of the School System’s counselors’ and social workers’ activities with the students and schools. The next Mobile Pantry visit will be July 14th at 8:00. During the school year, it will occur every Friday. To contact Ms. Barrett, reach her at

The next item on the agenda was the budget for the FY-2024 school year. The proposed budget was calculated on a millage rate of 14.200, no change from FY 2023.
The Total General Funds Revenues is at $21,020,918 and Total Expenditures are $22,011,262, a Net Difference of $970,344. State funds ($13,041,298) make up 62%, Local taxes ($6,550,948) makes up 31%, and other local sources such as TVA, car tags, and grants ($1,448,672) are responsible for 3%. As of July 1st, DCS is projected to have a beginning fund balance of $8,135,939 and after Total expenditures, the projected ending balance will be around $7,165,595. Superintendent Ingle recommended accepting the budget as presented, which the board approved.

Loran Grasham presented the County’s financials as of July first. GSBA Risk Management Services were then approved to be renewed by the board. This includes property/casualty, auto/transportation, and workers comp.

Kenneth Harless with KRH Architects presented information regarding the construction progress at Davis Elementary. A hallway currently needs to be completed. As it is currently, it is missing a wall and is temporarily covered and water-tight. Bidding is underway to have the wall and some stairs built on this hallway. This design will be built with the purpose of being added onto at a later date. Bidding was opened a month ago and they have recieved one proposal for $240,825,000. Superintendent Ingle recommended that the board approves of this plan with the option of substituting window to double doors.

Superintendent Ingle recommended the Board approve two Memorandums of Understanding: the Memorandum of Understanding for Georgia Hope and the Memorandum of Understanding for Head Start. The Board also approved the items listed as surplus for Maintenance and Technology..


Watch the Board of Education meeting here!