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Atlanta Board of Education approves $1.4 billion budget for Atlanta Public School

Amy Cheribelle

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ATLANTA — The Atlanta Board of Education has approved Atlanta Public Schools’ $1.4 billion budget for the 2021-2022 school year on a monthly administrative meeting on June 7, 2021.

The budget plan includes over $23.8 million in staff compensation enhancements and $50 million for programs, technology, and resources focused on student success.

“We remain committed to putting our students and schools first and our FY2022 budget reflects that focus. An essential element of that philosophy is making sure we have highly qualified, dedicated professionals in our classrooms, schools, and administrative offices, who are passionate about our efforts to prepare all of our students for success,” said Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Lisa Herring.

She then stated that the district’s FY2020 budget is vital to include strategies focused on students and staff, especially during the pandemic during this recent year.

The budget will also allow the school to keep working to ensure every student graduates ready for college, career, and life.

Highlights of Atlanta Public Schools’ FY2022 budget include:

1. Compensation Upgrades: $23.8m

This will include step rises, an increase in minimum wage for hourly employees, daily rate increase for substitute employees.

2. Equity Initiatives: $377k

One of the budgeting will be for diversity Management Software, streamlines and automates data-gathering, tracking, reporting, vendor management, and administrative processes.

3. Academic Recovery Efforts: $31.7m

The district will use this budgeting for Academic Universal Screener, summer learning and summer enrichment, compensatory services for students with disabilities, and to support academic intervention.

4. Physical & Mental Health and Wellness: $9.1m

This will include COVID-19 surveillance, student support specialists, contracted nursing service, Universal screener for Behavioral and Mental Health, employee training for trauma, phycologists, and additional school worker.

5. Other Instructional and Operational Enhancements: $7.9m

For more information regarding the budgeting plans visit: https://www.atlantapublicschools.us/site/default.aspx?PageType=3&ModuleInstanceID=98633&ViewID=7b97f7ed-8e5e-4120-848f-a8b4987d588f&RenderLoc=0&FlexDataID=96371&PageID=66095

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