CONYERS -- The Rockdale County Board of Education held its first budget hearing last week with no public input.
Before its monthly meeting last week, the board held a public hearing to discuss the budget for Rockdale County Public Schools for the 2012-13 school year.
"We encourage and value public input," said school board Chairman Wales Barksdale during the meeting. "The administration will consider all of the input we receive."
Although many guests were present for the meeting, nobody gave any public input about the budget. One person spoke during the regular session meeting, wondering why the board didn't present any information on the budget.
The public hearing was held to gain input from the public; Lee Davis, chief financial officer for RCPS, said after the meeting that system officials will present more details on budget items in March and April after more planning is done.
From now until April, school and system administrators are preparing and reviewing budget proposals at schools and for central office departments, and the budget committee will prepare a system budget.
Staffing and salary schedules will be determined in April, and the school board is expected to adopt a tentative budget on May 17.
The board is expected to approve a final budget on June 14 and a millage rate in July or August.
The next public meeting for budget discussions is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 14, in the board room at the RCPS central complex, which is located at 954 North Main St. in Olde Town Conyers.