Hamilton County school board kicks off budget talks with review of community priorities [photos]

Superintendent Bryan Johnson speaks during a Hamilton County Schools budget work session on Thursday, March 14, 2019 in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Budget talks have officially kicked off for the Hamilton County school board, with a review of community priorities including increased student access to opportunities, social-emotional supports, transportation options and teacher compensation.

At the board's first work session dedicated to the 2019-20 fiscal year budget, Superintendent Bryan Johnson and his staff presented Thursday the themes gleaned from five community listening sessions conducted this spring.

The priorities discussed differ significantly from those proposed by Hamilton County commissioners and discussed in a Feb. 28 meeting between Johnson, Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger, two commissioners and two school board members.

HAMILTON COUNTY SCHOOLS FY19-20 BUDGET TIMELINE

March 14> Work session to discuss an overview of district facilities assessment and community prioritiesMarch 28> Work session to discuss capital projects and a proposed capital maintenance budgetApril 11> Work session to discuss federal programs, self-funded programs and the school nutrition budgetApril 18> Work session to discuss revenue projections for 2019-20 and the general purpose school fund base budget projectionApril 25> Work session to continue to discuss general purpose budgetMay 2> Work session to continue to discuss general purpose budgetMay 9> Board is expected to vote on the 2019-20 proposed budget* Times and locations for these meetings were not available at Thursday’s meeting.