York County School Board Newsletter

YCSD School Board Notes - January 2015


I am writing on behalf of the School Board of York County. The Board held its annual organizational meeting on Monday, January 12, and elected me to serve a second term as chair, with Dr. Robert George also continuing as vice chair. I would like to thank my fellow Board members for this honor and we, as a Board, will continue to work as a team.

 

Financial Matters

Dr. Shandor and Dennis Jarrett, Chief Financial Officer, provided the Board with preliminary information that is being used to guide the development of the Superintendent's Proposed FY16 Operating Budget, which will be released in mid-February.

Governor McAuliffe’s budget proposal, released in December, provides an increase in state revenue for YCSD due to projected growth in student enrollment. While that is good news, much of that increase is earmarked to address mandated expenses associated with new students.

In addition to the anticipated revenue increase, preliminary reviews of the budget have identified reductions of approximately $1.8 million for FY16.

Dr. Shandor also outlined his top three priorities: staff compensation, transportation and technology.

Compensation:

The Superintendent’s goal, in alignment with the division’s strategic plan, is to continually attract, recruit, and retain high quality staff members to improve outcomes for our students. The projected cost of providing salary increases equivalent to an average of 2% to both licensed and non-licensed staff in FY16 is estimated to be $1,541,000. An additional $150,000 must be spent in FY16 in order to meet the state-mandated deadline to shift VRS costs to employees.

Transportation:

Ensuring students are safely transported to and from school, as well as activities, field trips and competitions, is also a priority. Since 2010, the division has cut bus replacement funds in order to protect the classroom.
Out of 160 buses, 23 now exceed the typical replacement cycle of 14 years and/or 200,000 miles. Replacing an additional six buses in FY16, which would only begin to address the needs in this area, would cost $600,000.

Technology:

Technology is critical to every aspect of the division — teaching our students, operating our buildings and transportation fleet, and financial tracking and reporting. In order to remain on target with maintenance and replacement, based on the life expectancy of our technology infrastructure, an additional $800,000 would be needed in FY16.

The division and the School Board have consistently protected the classroom while making tough budget decisions over the last six years. Recognizing that the division cannot address six years of reductions in one year, Dr. Shandor will approach the budget development process to gradually move the division where it needs to be in each of the identified priority areas.

We have scheduled another joint work session with the Board of Supervisors for Tuesday, February 3.

The Superintendent’s FY16 Proposed Operating Budget will be released in mid-February, after which a public hearing will be held during the regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m., February 23, at York Hall.

We will hold additional work sessions and meetings throughout this budget cycle, with information on all upcoming meetings available online.

Operational Matters

We continued our review of progress towards achieving the goals and objectives of the division's Strategic Plan. Staff presented reports focused on the goal of maintaining efficient, effective, service-oriented operations that support student achievement in safe, secure environments.

 

Thank you for your support of our students and staff!

Mark Medford
School Board Chair
On Behalf of the York County School Board


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