The meeting is at 7 p.m. at the Historic Canton High School school board auditorium.
The 2010-11 budget is proposed at $632.5 million, a decrease from the current budget originally set at $628.4 million.
The full budget will be released by the Cherokee County School District this week.
The summary shows $347 million for the general fund that pays day-to-day operating costs; $171 million for construction; $79 million for debt repayment; $15 million for grant projects; $16 million for school food service; and $2 million for other costs.
The board will vote to accept the budget on July 28 after hearing comments from the public.
As a result of the budget crunch, the board on Thursday will adopt a resolution to be eligible for state government-approved class size exemptions. The details of how the district will change class sizes have not yet been released.
A charter school petition from Cherokee Charter Academy will be up for a vote on Thursday as well.
This is the second attempt by the Florida-based Charter Schools USA company and its partner nonprofit, the Georgia Charter Educational Foundation, to gain the board's approval. It failed to do so in July, and was unsuccessful in December in gaining the OK from the state commission that can override local boards.
The new proposal calls for a kindergarten through eighth-grade school, to be named Cherokee Charter Academy, that would open in Holly Springs in time for the 2010-11 school year.
The company said this proposal is stronger as it contains more community support.
The school board and district officials, in addition to questioning the original proposal's lack of community support, also raised concerns about its enrollment projections and how it would serve students with disabilities and limited English proficiency.
Revisions to district policies and the 2010-11 school year Student Discipline Code will be up for a vote.
Changes to the code include new sections on behavior during school activities and Internet safety, as well as changes to the sections on weapons and bullying to reflect state law revisions. New rules related to downloading, uploading and transmitting illicit images or information have also been added.
District policy changes include revising its weapons rules to reflect state law updates that allow permitted or licensed weapons in vehicles on school property as long as they are secured as required.
The changes add to the harassment section language about alleged retaliation for filing a discrimination claim; setting new guidelines for serving as a lay coach for another school system; revise portions of the joint enrollment program, to be renamed dual enrollment; clarify rules for class rankings; and tie the availability of summer school to the appropriation of state funding.
The board also will consider the following agenda items:
* Recognize Middle School All-State Chorus students;
* Recognize a student for a Georgia Department of Education Special Education Honor;
* Approval of an amended partnership agreement with Highland Rivers Community Service Board;
* Approval of the April 2010 Financial Report and Sales Tax Update;
* Approval of school nutrition bids for milk, bread and produce;
* Approval of out-of-state travel;
* Approval of a local plan for improving vocational and technical education/one-year funding application and a local plan/application for agriculture education for fiscal year 2011;
* Approval of out-of-state and overnight field trips;
* Approval of the update on capital outlay projects;
* Approval of recommendations, resignations, terminations and transfers for certified and classified personnel; and
* Approval of a special lease agreement with City on a Hill Church to use Johnston Elementary School from July 4 through Sept. 12 for church services.