The Valdosta Board of Education says it voted on and approved a tentative 2009 school budget.
Next year, the district says it will increase funding by almost six million dollars.
School officials say a good portion of that money will go toward student instruction and early intervention programs including reading recovery.
"We've done a very good job managing our budget and actually have grown our fund balance here in the school system, so we were able to pull some of that fund balance to help support some of our needed educational programs," says Valdosta City Schools Assistant Superintendent of Finance and Operations Martin Roesch.
The district says the board will vote on the 2009 budget on June 30th.