The Glynn County Board of Education voted Tuesday to adopt the school system’s fiscal year 2019 budget.

The school board voted unanimously, 6-0, to adopt the budget. School board member Millard Allen was absent from the meeting.

The budget includes an increase in teacher retirement costs covered by Glynn County Schools, 25 new employee positions — most of which are teachers — and funding for drug dog sweeps next year and a new Edulog tracking system for school buses.

The 16.157 millage rate will remain the same. The school board hasn’t voted to change the millage rate for four years.

The budget estimates a 3 percent increase in the tax digest and uses a 97 percent collection rate.

“Hopefully it will be higher than 3 percent,” said Andrea Preston, assistant superintendent for finances for Glynn County Schools.

The school system received an increase this year in state-allocated Quality Basic Education funds. The state fiscal year 2019 budget fully funds the QBE formula for public education in Georgia for the first time in more than a decade.

The general fund in the Glynn County Schools’ 2019 budget has a total estimated revenue of more than $129.5 million and estimated expenditures of more than $132.9 million.

At the meeting Tuesday, the school board also voted 5-1 to adopt a new policy that will govern booster organizations, including booster clubs and PTSAs.

A draft of the policy was presented to the school board on Apr. 23. Additions have since been made for school board review.

The policy authorizes the organization of booster clubs and PTSAs, “for the purpose of promoting community involvement in support of the schools.”

The policy applies to any organization formed with the intent to raise and/or provide money, services or other resources to support a school or school-related activity.

Organizations have to receive written approval from the school principal before commencing operation. The organization must include a proposed constitution and bylaws, if applicable, with the submitted approval request.

The superintendent has the authority to establish minimum standards for the organizations’ constitution and bylaws and to specify requirements.

Principals can also suspend or terminate these organizations for “inappropriate conduct or activity that is determined to be in violation of the policy, regulation, or law,” per the policy.

“This just brings about transparency,” said Jim Pulos, assistant superintendent for operations and administrative services.

School board member Hank Yeargan voted against the policy.

“I feel like this is going to cause more work for administrators, teachers, plus the volunteers ...,” Yeargan said.

School board member Mike Hulsey disagreed with Yeargan. Issues have arisen with these organizations in the past, he said, including a club that recently needed school system money to cover a debt.

Without this policy in place, Hulsey said, there’s nothing to prevent such an incident from happening again.

“It’s just like the drug policy,” he said. “If you’re not doing anything wrong, don’t worry about it.”

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