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School board approves budget
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Also Thursday, Forsyth County's school board reviewed the following:

•  The $269 million budget for the 2009-10 school year. The board approved the latest version, which shows a deficit of about $78,000. The district is waiting on the county's final tax digest before setting the millage rate, though a tax increase appears unlikely.

• A new policy for naming facilities. Under the proposal, a name will not be considered unless the person has been dead at least three years. The measure, which could be adopted next month, comes in response to a surge in naming requests.

• The sale of surplus school buses. The board designated 28 buses as surplus and eligible for sale. Gainesville City Schools wants to buy at least five of the 72-passenger buses for $8,000 each. The models, from 1997 and '98, have not been used for at least a year.

• Results of the CRCT, or Criterion-Referenced Competency Test. All first- through eighth-graders are tested in reading, math and English/language arts. Third- through eighth-graders also test in science and social studies. The system bested the state at every grade level and in every category.

• Scores from the Georgia high school graduation test. Many schools placed among the state's top 25 in various categories. Forsyth Academy topped the list in math, science, social studies and English/language arts.

• Also: The board voted to deny Charter Schools USA's request to form a charter school. As board member Nancy Roche noted, “There didn’t seem to be a very strong interest [in the proposal].”