York County School Board Newsletter

YCSD School Board Notes - March 2015


I am writing to share information with you regarding our March School Board meetings.

 

Financial Matters

At our meeting Monday night, the School Board approved its proposed operating budget for the school division for the fiscal year which begins on July 1. The $129.9 million budget is based on three priorities: staff compensation, transportation and technology.

The School Board has presented a fiscally responsible spending plan that is based on the needs of the school division. We are pleased to share that the General Assembly and Governor have approved a budget that increases funding for the York County School Division. However, even with the increased state funding, there remains a $671,848 gap between our FY16 Proposed Operating Budget and the funding that the County Administrator has recommended as the County’s contribution for next year.

Compensation remains the top priority for the School Board to help achieve the division’s goal to make compensation more competitive to attract, hire and retain high quality staff. The proposed budget includes an average salary increase of 2% for all employees, and further addresses the compression within the salary scale by restoring one step for all eligible staff members who are eligible to have five steps restored.

We held a productive joint work session with the Board of Supervisors at York Hall last night and look forward to continuing to work closely with them throughout the budget process. For more details, including the complete School Board Proposed FY16 Operating Budget and work session presentations, please visit the FY16 budget page of the division website.

Academic Matters

The board received an update on the K-5 Literacy Model and the progress toward meeting strategic plan benchmarks in reading, specifically for grade 3. Candi Skinner, Director of Elementary Instruction, provided an overview of the new resources and materials teachers have available this year and information on student progress monitoring strategies.

Operational Matters

The board approved the 2015-16 School Calendar at this month’s meeting. The calendar contains 180 student days and includes a two-week winter break. Division staff and board members discussed at length options to provide additional banked time within the calendar in the wake of two consecutive years with multiple weather-related closings. Various constraints, such as the state law regarding school start dates, prevented the development of a calendar with more than 180 days. We will, however, continue to work with school staff to identify options for building in additional instructional time within the calendar.

 

Thank you for your continued support of the York County School Division. Have a wonderful and safe spring break.

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


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