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County and school officials to talk budget next week

The King George Board of Supervisors has set a second budget work session for next Tuesday, Feb. 25, at 5:30 p.m., scheduled in the board room of the Revercomb Administration building.

During its first budget session on Feb. 1, Supervisors directed Travis Quesenberry to ask the School Board to provide its budget request, getting agreement for that to take place during this next meeting.

Supervisors may also hear from some county department heads during the same session, with Fire & Rescue, Human Resources and a request also coming from the Electoral Board scheduled for a presentation at an upcoming meeting.

This week, the School Board is taking public comment on its budget proposal on Monday, and is expected to approve its budget request at next week’s regular meeting on Monday, Feb. 24.

Additional public feedback is possible to the division through a budget blog set up by Superintendent Rob Benson. The division’s budget blog can be accessed from the School Board website’s home page.

SCHOOL BOARD OPERATING FUND REQUEST INCREASES AT A GLANCE
As provided by Benson, below are the major fund increases proposed for 2014-15 in the School Board’s current budget request under consideration, compared those for 2013-14.
Proposed Employee Step Increase, equivalent to 2-percent increase - $535,401
Proposed Employee Cost of Living Allowance, equivalent to 1-percent - $212,757
VRS “fully funded” increase of 2.9 percent - $505,486
VRS year 3 offset of 1-percent - $264,720
Capital Outlay - Student Furniture - $57,000
Special Education Increased Services  - $407,481
New Positions (salary and benefits):
6 Paraprofessionals (Kindergarten & Special Ed.) - $100,993
5 Teachers (Elementary) - $238,602
0.5 Counselor (middle school) - $26,054
1 Bus Mechanic - $50,400
Compared to the current year, 2013-14, appropriations, the total operating fund budget request would go from $35,603,037 to $38,067,186, which is an increase of $2,464,149.

State revenue is estimated to go up from $19,468,012 to $21,097,451, with Benson saying the increase is mainly due to a change in the composite index calculation by the state.

More local revenue is also being requested, with Benson and the School Board currently looking at asking for an increase of $869,596 over the current year, which would take the local county contribution from the current year of $14,349,353 to $15,218,949.  

Based on an estimated ADM of 4,130 students for next year, Benson’s budget documents indicate the amount of required local revenue from the county for next year would be $10,019,315, which is $4.3 million less than requested by the School Board.

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