In a unanimous vote at Monday’s monthly meeting, the Banks County Board of Education approved the fiscal year 2013 budget totaling $35.9 million.
Finance director Mike Beasley presented the budget for approval. The approved budget reflects a total increase of 8.7 percent over the 2012 budget.
Superintendent Chris Erwin said the increase is due to the building of the new ninth grade building at Banks County High School. The actual increase, excluding the funding for the new building, is two percent and this is primarily due to an increase in health insurance costs.
See this week's issue of The Banks County News for more coverage from the BOE meeting.