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June 4--  There's little change in the Vidalia school system budget for fiscal year 2020 which starts July 1.

The budget of $36,859,907.10 is $213,072.07 more than the fiscal year 2019 budget.

Over half of the increase is due to pay raises including the state's decision to raise teacher pay $3,000 in the new fiscal year. 

Vidalia Finance Director Norma Croft says that will cost the local system $70,000 plus another $45,000 for a two percent pay raise for non-certified employees.  She also notes the hiring of a new assistant principal at Sally Meadows Elementary, a new history teacher at Vidalia High School and a behavioral specialist for the school system.

About half of the school budget is paid by state and federal sources.  Just over 20% of the budget is paid by local sources including property and sales taxes.

The budget includes a projection of nearly $6 million in reserve funds on June 30, 2020, the end of the fiscal year.  That's almost $1 million less than the amount at the end of this fiscal year.

No one attended Monday's public hearing on the budget.  Another will be held Tuesday, June 11th at four p.m. just before the school boards meets at five p.m. to consider final adoption of the budget.