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King George School Board planning 2-percent raises across the board

King George school division Superintendent Rob Benson provided the School Board with a list of cuts from his latest 2014-15 budget scrub that would provide 2-percent raises for all employees and balance the School Board budget approved by the county for the next fiscal year, which begins on July 1.


The School Board had requested an operating budget of $37,890,464. The county approved a School Board budget of $37,255,761, which provides a 5-percent increase over the current year’s approved budget.
The county will provide its employees 1-percent average raises under the pay-for-performance policy, beginning at mid-year, on Jan. 1, 2015, and had requested that the School Board treat its employees similarly with 1-percent raises at mid-year, estimated to cost $106,000.

But at a School Board meeting earlier this month, Benson had noted the county’s plan for raises, but said he thought the division could instead provide 1-percent increases for the full year.

At that May 7 meeting he had supplied a list of cuts which would cover the 1-percent raises for full-year, and included cutting money for textbooks by $87,715, reducing paper expenditures by $15,000, and reducing Special Education contracted services by $14,802, saying those funds were not needed due to filling in-house positions.

Benson had been overruled by the School Board which agreed it wanted 2-percent raises across the board and had been directed to come up with additional cuts to make the raises happen.

 

MORE CUTS TO SUPPLIES & EQUIPMENT
The cut list that was provided this week slashed funds for more supplies and equipment.
The list included cutting the following: Copy paper - $30,000 total cut, Instructional Furniture/Equipment - $22,500, Gifted Program Equipment - $5,800, Bus Driver Supplies - $3,000, Vehicle Maintenance Supplies - $3,000, and Custodial Supplies - $22,000.

2014-15 CATEGORICAL BUDGETING
Benson provided the School Board with a line-item budget that indicated the following categorical figures for the 2014-15 budget, whose fiscal year begins on July 1.
Instruction – $26,871,104
Technology - $1,673,701
Administration, Attendance & Health - $1,039,136
Transportation – $2,566,499
Operations & Maintenance - $3,724,004
Facilities - $68,948
Total of Operating Fund 250 - $35,943,392
Fed grants – Fund 252 - $1,282,369
Cafeteria Fund 255 - $1,478,673
Debt Service - $4,387,853
Total of all funds - $43,092,287
Action is expected to be taken the next meeting of the School Board on June 9 to formally approve those categorical amounts.

Phyllis Cook

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