Superintendent Dr. Frank Petruzielo will hold his annual “Trends in Education” strategic work session at the school board auditorium in Canton at 5:30 p.m. Topics of discussion will include the fiscal forecast for the 2013-14 school year, including federal, state and local funding; the impact of federal sequestration; the 2013 Georgia legislative session; ad valorem property tax revenue; Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax revenue and the tentative budget, including operating and capital outlay funds. Some of the education trends Petruzielo is set to discuss include increased accountability for student achievement, technology integration, enhanced safety and security and expanded choice. For the coming year, Petruzielo said the district expects the funding won’t be available to restore the school year’s eight furlough days, a full 180 school days and increased class sizes, resulting primarily from $26.6 million in state budget cuts and a continued decrease in local property tax digest revenue to the tune of $30 million. “Additionally, sequestration will reduce federal funding next year by $1.2 million,” he said. “Employer-paid state health benefit plan premiums will increase by $4 million and matching state longevity salary step increases locally for eligible employees will cost $3.1 million.” He added that only $1.8 million would be available to the school board by increasing the millage rate by 0.55 mills to the maximum state-allowed level of 20 mills. District spokeswoman Barbara Jacoby said the district has not yet received local tax digest numbers to present to the board. Decreasing digest values have caused the district to lose about$10 million each year in local revenue in recent years, she said. The voter-approved SPLOST for 2013-17 began collections for the first month in January. The district received the first month of the penny sales tax collections, which were almost $2.5 million below projections at $2,269,305. Candler Howell, assistant superintendent of financial management, said this is the lowest SPLOST collection the school district has received in the last 20 months. He added January is typically a low collection month and doesn’t expect the low collection to become a trend. “I don’t believe we would go 20 months above projections and continue to fall,” Howell said. “It’s really an adjustment going into the new (education) SPLOST. ... I don’t think it’s going to continue, especially with the economy looking like it’s increasing a little.” At the regular meeting following the work session, the board will consider moving a few administrative positions. Assistant Principal Debbie Kelly from Clark Creek Elementary STEM Academy will move to Sixes and become principal. Leigh Gutierez, a sixth-grade teacher at Hickory Flat Elementary, will move to Freedom Middle and become assistant principal. Melinda Roulier, an academic coach at Oak Grove Elementary, will move and become assistant principal at Clark Creek. Sixes Principal John Hultquist will move to Clayton Elementary and Rodney Larrotta, Spanish teacher at Woodstock High will move to Cherokee High and become assistant principal. The board will also consider a final reading on two revisions to school board policy in how the district would report financial impact of agenda items that took up a majority of last month’s meeting. Board member Kelly Marlow proposed the initial revision that was hotly debated against Petruzielo’s revised recommendation. The superintendent’s recommended policy changes were approved 4-3 with Marlow, Rob Usher and Michael Geist opposing. The board will also consider issuing requests for proposal for annual financial audits for both 2011-12 and 2012-13.