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BOE mulls over millage increase

With the state providing fewer dollars toward public schooling in the state of Georgia, Screven County school board members are in considerations on raising the millage rate to offset the funding shortages.
The BOE currently is looking at a 2 mill increase which would afford the system to ability to maintain its current programs and personnel.
While other school systems in the past years have raised taxes, Screven County has not, but now, officials say, looks to be a necessity.
Local school systems statewide are having to fund more and more.
Since 2003, $13.1 million has been withheld from the Screven County School System through Quality Basic Education funds.
Health insurance rates also have risen. In this year alone, insurance for non-certified employees’ insurance increased $1,500.
The school system in previous years has conducted a reduction in force for employees, eliminated and consolidated school bus routes, and eliminated non-competitive field trips.