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School Board presents request for $33,667,370 for 2009-10 budget

Two more spending lists also ask for an additional $1M+ 

The King George School Board last week presented its 2009-10 budget request to the Board of Supervisors, asking for $39,722,566, which includes a proposal for $33,667,370 for the School Board’s operating budget.
The total budget request of $39.7M includes $4.7M for debt service and $1.3M for the Cafeteria Fund.  
The School Board’s budget request was presented to the Board of Supervisors last week on March 3.  Superintendent Candace Brown and Chairperson Sherrie Allwine provided an overview of the request.
Brown said the School Board’s budget priorities were threefold, as noted in the slide presentation, to maintain current staff, provide a safe environment and meet the academic needs of all students.  
That would presumably be accomplished with the requested $33,667,370 for the School Board’s operating budget.  
But, not so.  Several additional spending lists were presented to the Board of Supervisors as noted below.
Brown also said the division exceeds requirements for the Standards of Quality (SOQs) in several areas.
Those include no requirement for any assistant principal at Potomac Elementary, since the SOQs call for one half-time assistant principal at an elementary school once the student population reaches 600 students.  Potomac Elementary only has 486 students.
Brown noted that the number of assistant principals at the high school also exceeds the SOQS.  High schools must have one assistant principal for each 600 students.  King George High School has 3 assistant principals with an enrollment of 1,247, which is just over the line for needing 2 assistants.
Secondary guidance was also noted as exceeding SOQ requirements.  That’s likely why Brown had proposed cutting guidance hours.  The School Board has put it on a list to add it back into the budget, if additional funding can be secured from the county.  
ADDITIONAL CRITICAL NEEDS LISTS    School Board Chairperson Sherrie Allwine provided numerous additional spending lists, requesting funding an additional $1,071,637 for items called “Critical Needs.”  The lists are enumerated below.
$376,379 FOR CRITICAL NEEDS     Allwine provided four additional spending lists for “Critical Needs for Safety & Remediation,”  “Critical Instructional Requirements,” “Other Priority” for more guidance hours and for “Head Start.”
The four lists total $376,379.
The Safety & Remediation list is further broken down. 
SAFETY NEEDS    The items on the spending list for safety comes to $124,680 and includes the following:
$25,000 for a part-time physical education teacher at the high school
$16,000 for a physical education paraprofessional (aide) at Sealston Elementary
$16,000 for a physical education paraprofessional at King George Elementary
$5,400 for an after-school hall monitor at the high school, $4,018 for 10 walkie-talkies at King George Elementary
$21,847 to add a custodian at the high school
$21,847 to add a custodian at the middle school (at the old high school)
$14,568 to add a bus paraprofessional
REMEDIATION NEEDS    The items on the spending list for remediation comes to $102,552 and includes the following:
$18,000 for after-school tutoring at the high school
$18,000 for after-school tutoring at the middle school
$57,552 for an activity bus run
$9,000 for supplements for speech teachers
OTHER PRIORITY NEEDS    Allwine also noted another School Board priority was to provide for additional hours for guidance counselors:
$13,393 is the cost for additional hours for guidance.
HEAD START PROGRAM   At all School Board budget meetings, keeping the Head Start program was noted at a cost of $96,668.
For the benefit of the Supervisors, the additional transportation cost for transportation was also provided to bring the total cost to $135,754: 
$96,668 to be paid to the Regional Head Start program
$39,086 for transportation costs
It’s not clear why the Head Start program has been deleted from the proposed School Board budget.  At budget meeting after budget meeting, the School Board has unanimously agreed that Head Start will be put back into the budget, even if they have to delete something else, if they don’t get any additional funding over their current request.
ADDITIONAL CRITICAL INSTRUCTIONAL REQUIREMENTS    Allwine presented another spending list adding up to $727,258, calling this one critical instructional requirements. 
The spending list is enumerated below.
$25,000 for a part-time career/technical education (CTE) teacher at the high school
$75,000 for 1.5 full-time equivalent elective teachers at the middle school
$16,000 for a paraprofessional (aide) for K-1st grade at Potomac Elementary
$2,700 for purchase of a kiln at Potomac Elementary
$50,000 for an additional 1st grade teacher at Sealston Elementary
$150,000 for 3 computer lab teachers, one at each of the elementary schools
$150,000 for 3 science lab teachers, one at each of the elementary schools
$150,000 for 3 reading resource teachers, one at each of the elementary schools
$108,558 for technology hardware
REQUEST FOR LOCAL FUNDING    The School Board is requesting $13,445,008 in county funding from the Board of Supervisors, compared to $10,696,752, as required by the state for local funding from King George.
That comes to a request for $2,748,256 more than the required local effort. 
County Director of Finance/Deputy County Administrator Donita Harper has noted that each penny on the real estate tax equates to $261,970.
The School Board’s request for more local funding than the state requires would equate to a 10.5-cent increase on the real estate tax rate.

By Phyllis Cook
Staff Reporter

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