Superintendent's Proposed FY19 Operating Budget

York County School Division Superintendent Victor Shandor presented his proposed Fiscal Year 2019 (FY19) Operating Budget during the School Board special meeting on Monday, February 12.

Overview

  • $139.9 million, an increase of $4.9 million or 3.66%
  • $3.7 million increase in state funding
  • $1.5 million increase request in local funding
  • $900,000 in identified savings

Process

The division received 320 budget suggestions/requests from community input sessions, school and department input opportunities, and an online suggestion box. The budget focuses on three strategic priorities - instruction and learning, retention and recruitment, and legal compliance and safety.

Priorities


Instruction & Learning

The budget proposal provide for a comprehensive educational system that meets the needs of the whole child so that each and every student can achieve academic, social-emotional, and personal success.

  • $752,500 - staff positions
    • 7 teaching positions related to projected enrollment increase
    • 5.5 positions to strengthen school support services
  • $300,000 increase in the per pupil allocations to schools
  • $300,000 increase in textbook and materials funding

"It's important that we empower our principals and give schools the flexibility to make decisions for their student needs," said Dr. Shandor.

   
Retention & Recruitment

The division's continued success is dependent on maintaining and attracting a dedicated, passionate and committed team of employees.

  • $1.8 million for step increase for eligible employees (2% average pay increase)
  • $816,000 for restored step for eligible employees
  • $376,500 health insurance adjustments
  • $155,800 for stipend/supplements

Regarding supplements, Dr. Shandor added, "We have not raised compensation in this area in almost 25 years. We know the importance of connecting students with school, whether that's a club, a sport, the band or with a mentor in that building, we know how important that is. These staff members commit many hours - before school, after school, weekends, and through the summer - making a difference in the lives of our students. I value their commitment to developing the whole child."

   
Legal Compliance & Safety

The positions identified here support instruction and learning but state and federal mandates require this change next year.

  • $487,500 for 7.5 FTE instructional positions
    • 2.5 Special Education teachers
    • 3 English Learner teachers
    • Speech language pathologist
    • Teacher shift from Title II funding
  • $100,000 adjustment to athletic trainer contract

Next Steps

School Board Public Hearing February 26
School Board Adopts Proposed Budget March 26
County Public Hearing April 17
County Adopts Budget May 1

FY19 Documents


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