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Thomasville school board passes FY 2022 budget

 The Thomasville City Board of Education approved Sept. 14 the Fiscal year 2022 budget.

The school board meeting including the second budget public hearing was held in the Thomasville High School library.

Final numbers for the General Fund budget show projected revenue will total $10,757,453.85. Expenses will total $10,882, 860.91.

Projected revenue from the state “Foundation” program will total $6,708,634.00. The local school system must provide a match of $538,330.00.

For FY 2022, the school system is projected to receive $100,000.00 from the Thomasville City Council, $550,000.00 in district sales tax and $19,000.00 in district alcohol beverage tax.

The school system has 148 employees and a total of 1,040 students for the 2021-2022 school year. Enrollment is down 24 total students from 2020-2021.

Board member Sharon Buford thanked Ford for his “great presentation” and his overall work on the budget. “It is easy to follow,” she said. Board member Jim Davis also praised Ford. “Seems like every time I have a question, you answer it,” he said.

In other action from the Sept. 14 meeting, masks will continue to be required on school system campuses until Oct. 26, said Garth Moss, Thomasville city school superintendent.

• Avery Ford, chief school financial officer, gave the financial report for July 2021. Payroll totaled $865,638.15, and accounts payable totaled $270,229.34.

• Contracts have been signed for the ongoing Trane energy savings project. The lighting replacement and motion sensors portion of that project will be completed this week, Moss said.

• There is a leak in the flat roof over the THS kitchen, and school officials will soon let bids to replace the roof. The repairs will be paid through PSCA (Public School and College Authority) funds.

• The board approved the school system Foster Care Plan, LEA (Local Education Agency) Consolidated Plan and EL (English Learner) District Plan for 2021-2022.

• Rita Nichols, a retired teacher from the Thomasville City Schools District, was appointed Sept. 13 by the Thomasville City Council as the new member of the Thomasville City Board of Education. She replaces Martha Gramelspacher, who is now a teacher at Thomasville Middle School. Nichols will serve in her first board meeting on Oct. 26.

• The board approved an extension of the FFCRA (Families First Coronavirus Response) Act from June 1, 2021, through Sept. 30, 2021, for all school system employees (up to 10 days of COVID-19 related leave).

• The board approved the following personnel matters;


Andre Creighton, Pre-K Auxiliary Teacher at Thomasville Elementary School;

Chasiti McGirt, Child Nutrition Program (CNP) Assistant at THS;

(employment in positions)

Tara Wilson, Special Education Teacher at Thomasville Middle School;

Cassie Garza, Special Education Instructional Aide at TES;

Crystal Agee-Thomas, Contracted Behavioral Counseling Inverventionist Services;

Jordan Matheson, Substitute Bus Driver;

Korey Sims, Pre-K Auxiliary Teacher at TES;

Tonya Shamburger, CNP Assistant at THS;

(reassignment in position)

Tersheria Malone, position change from contract Mental Health Coordinator, 12 months, to TCS Mental Health Services Coordinator, 10 months, district-wide;

Ryan Anderson, Technology Specialist, 10 months, district-wide, change in contract period to Technology Specialist, 12 months, district-wide;

Nate Ballard, regular Bus Driver, nine months, to regular Bus Driver and mid-day Bus Driver.