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Richmond County school board votes to fill vacant positions to ease staff workload

...student services position into a directorship could save the school system "around $40,000," according to Controller Gene Spires. Spires added the saved funds would ensure that filling the two positions would not drastically impact the budget...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/education/2014-05-20/richmond-county-school-bo
Tentative school budget reduces furlough days, allows for hiring of 32 teachers

...insurance costs."Most employees will be paid for more days of work, and we're happy about that," Controller Gene Spires said. "Roughly 61 percent of our general fund is funded by the state. Since the austerity adjustment was not as large...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/education/2014-05-22/tentative-school-budget-r
Richmond County teachers may have five less furlough days next year in proposed budget

...will set dates for additional meetings to discuss the budget before it must be passed at the end of June.Controller Gene Spires said part of the relief is due to the fact that the state restored some education funding that has been withheld since...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/education/2014-04-17/richmond-county-teachers-
Richmond County school board questions increased travel costs

...However, with one major federal grant set to run out this summer and another having expired last year, Controller Gene Spires said travel this year will be greatly reduced.Board member Helen Minchew said she is concerned that the general fund...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/education/2014-01-14/richmond-county-school-bo
Augusta school officials ponder how to replace Race to the Top funding

...officials are beginning discussions for the 2014-15 budget and should have a preliminary plan in February, Controller Gene Spires said.He said he is not expecting to receive back any of the $50 million in funding the state has cut over the past...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/education/2014-01-10/school-officials-ponder-h
Parapros see their numbers dwindle due to funding cuts

...When you have a teacher that loses a parapro, learning has just gotten a little thinner in that class." Controller Gene Spires said parapros have dwindled over the years as the state has cut funding. Parapros are not required in general education...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/education/2013-12-09/parapros-see-their-number
Breakfast, lunch to be free for all Richmond students

...costs his family $352 per year on the paid rate; $396 at the middle and high school level, according to Controller Gene Spires."That's going to go away," Spires said. "So if a parent had three children, one in elementary and middle and...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/education/2013-07-31/breakfast-lunch-be-free-a
Richmond County Board of Education to hold public hearings on property tax increase

...school system has not raised taxes since 2009 despite continued cuts in state funding and soaring expenses. Controller Gene Spires said the tax increase was necessary this year to make up for lost revenue and balance the budget. The board also implemented...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/education/2013-07-24/richmond-county-board-edu
EMTs to replace ambulances at Richmond County football games

...ambulance service at those events."The Richmond County Board of Education approved the change July 26 after Controller Gene Spires said it would save $24,000. The district spent $34,660 last year on ambulance services but could cut that by...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/education/2012-08-07/emts-replace-ambulances-r
Board to reconsider ambulances at football games

...a new vote, Roberson said."We certainly don't want to put any of our students at risk," he said.Controller Gene Spires said the school system has budgeted $40,000 a year for ambulance service at football games.Last year, the district...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/education/2012-08-08/board-reconsider-ambulanc