Upcoming Cleveland City School Budget Includes 2% Raises

Thursday, March 13, 2014 - by Tony Eubank

The Cleveland City School Board on Wednesday was advised that the upcoming budget will include a two percent pay increase for teachers and staff.

During a special called meeting, the board approved an amendment to the 2013-2014 general fund budget and the general fund budget for the upcoming 2014-2015 school year.

Director of Schools Dr. Martin Ringstaff said he was very pleased to be able to announce the raise for the entirety of the school district’s staff, as he feels it is good for morale and that it sends the message that “every one of our employees is important to the daily operation of our schools.”

Board member Dr. Murl Dirksen commended Dr. Ringstaff on his hard work and said, ”Brenda (Carson) does a wonderful job of keeping track of exactly where the money is coming from and where the money is going. We never run in the red, we’re always in the black. She keeps a very tight reign on things. We never end up at the end of the year crunching numbers. Every month we get a budget report and, even though we might not look at it, I know that she does, and we know exactly what the expenditures are and what the revenue stream is. I can’t sing her praises enough.”

The amount budgeted for the 2014-2015 school year is $41,186,413.

Ms. Carson, the Cleveland City Schools finance director, explained in brief the 2013-104 budget amendment. The amendment was drawn up to include grant monies from various sources that include the SAFE schools and Pathways to Prosperity grants. The amendment also reflects some changes to expenditures and revenue.  The proposal has the budget increase to $40,585,217, a nearly $75,000 increase from the previously projected budget of $40,509,445. The Board moved to approve the budget amendment, along with a $37,250 decrease in the 2013-2014 School Nutrition Department’s budget.

Ms. Carson followed the current year’s budget amendments with a presentation of the 2014-2015 spending plan. The finance director outlined some of the key revenue sources and expenditures.  Among those key points are the sales and property tax revenues from both Bradley County and the city of Cleveland, and the two percent salary increase for all of Cleveland City School‘s employees.

The board’s final bit of business was to approve the city’s proposed dog park at the Teen Learning Center’s back lot, along with fencing the entire Spring Street side of the property.  Vice-Chairman Steve Morgan voiced some liability concerns over the idea of a dog park being so close to an elementary school. He and Dr. Dirksen cast the only dissenting votes, as the measure passed 4-2. Board member Peggy Pesterfield was absent


Latest Hamilton County Jail Booking Report - And Mug Shots

Here is the latest jail booking report from Hamilton County: BAKER, LANCE RICARDO     10070 CENTRAL AVE OOLTEWAH, 37363     24     Hamilton County          DRIVING ON REVOKED, SUSPENDED OR CANCELLED LICENSE BICENTE, FRAY     3100 E 45 STREET CHATTANOOGA, 37407    ... (click for more)

Early Morning Runner Assaulted In North Chattanooga

Police said an early morning runner was assaulted on Monday in North Chattanooga. A t approximately 7:30 a.m., the Chattanooga Police Department responded to an assault call on W. Mississippi Avenue. T he victim was assaulted while running early morning on Mississippi Avenue. T he suspect was described as a black male, 5’8’’– 5’9’’ inches tall, short afro/flat top ... (click for more)

How To Reform The City Industrial Development Board - And Response (3)

My aims is to bring to the public’s attention the need for procedural changes that, if implemented, would significantly improve the information available the public, to the City Council and to the City Industrial Development Board about the verifiable benefits and costs of tax incentive financing structures and to make the entire process transparent. The public, the City ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: He Can Never Go Home

When Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston sparked top-ranked Florida State to a 56-41 comeback over N.C. State last Saturday, you would have thought the world had forgotten and virtually excused his vulgar rant from the week before. His inexcusable mid-week antics kept him sidelined during the Clemson game and brought down the nation’s scorn but less than a week later he was ... (click for more)

Baylor Impressive In Volleyball Sweep Of Signal Mountain

Baylor coach Sarah Lail paused briefly before saying that she's seen her Lady Red Raider volleyball team play better than they did on Monday, but they did just about everything right as they celebrated Senior Night with an impressive 3-0 victory over the Signal Mountain Lady Eagles. It was a meeting of two of the top three teams in Chattanooga -- too bad that Ooltewah couldn't ... (click for more)

Basketball, Wrestling Mocs Host Ball N' Brawl

It’s party time in the Scenic City. Chattanooga’s team is sending some of its best to close down 3rd Street on Friday, October 10, for Ball N’ Brawl. This inaugural event features the men’s and women’s basketball programs along with the wrestling team. “This was an idea coaches Heath Eslinger (wrestling) and Will Wade (men’s basketball) came up with,” Director of Marketing and ... (click for more)