On April 3rd, the Leon County Children’s Services Council (CSC) Finance and Budget Committee held a meeting and discussed the staffing allocations for the 2022-2023 fiscal year.
Committee member Paul Mitchell noted that at the March 23rd meeting the CSC Governing Council granted one full time position requested by the Executive Director and asked the budget committee to prepare a proposed budget for the other two positions. It was determined that two additioal positions would be contract positions so that the CSC wouldn’t be required to pay for health and retirement benefits.
Mr. Mitchell stated, “There may be someone out there who’s spouse already gets benefits, and this is an attractive position.” He went on to say the Early Learning Coalition has 252 programs that they monitor, and they have 2 quality assurance people, both starting out $39,000 a year, compared to the CSC which is offering $55,000 for the same position.
The committee discussed if the money given to the executive director would bet a set amount or a percentage of CSC’s whole budget. Dr. Glenn, Ms. Cummings, and Executive director Ms. Green all favored a percentage, while Chair Paul Mitchell wanted the budget for the extra positions to be a set amount.
Dr. Glenn stated, “I want to get a good sense of where we are right now, because given everything in the press and the fact that there’s a lot of attention on us, what I don’t want Mr. Mitchell, is for us to roll out all these programs, … and then it’s not managed appropriately.” She went on to say that she wants to make sure Ms. Green has what she needs to do her job and to not be so tight that there are issues down the line.
The Committee approved a motion to recommend to the CSC Council that the CSC allocate funds for five FTE’s and to also allocate $294,000 for contract services for Ms. Green to use at her discretion. The contract services budget must include legal and accounting services.
The CSC will consider this recommendation at their next meeting on April 10th.