York County School Board Newsletter

YCSD School Board Notes - January 2016


I am writing on behalf of the School Board of York County as your newly elected vice chair. The Board held its annual organizational meeting on Monday, January 11, and elected Dr. Robert George to serve as chair. Unfortunately, he was unable to attend the meeting due to an illness, but he will be sharing these monthly updates with you in the future. I would also like to thank Mark Medford for his leadership as the previous School Board Chair.

 

Strategic Plan Reports

We continued our review of progress towards achieving the goals and objectives of the division's Strategic Plan. Chief Financial Officer Dennis Jarrett began with an update on an objective to develop and maintain a highly competitive teacher pay plan. In a step-by-step comparison with other local school divisions, the majority of steps on the pay plan rank among the top four. While this meets this year's target, we know we still have work to do to not only be to among the top three pay plans in our region, but also to address the compression that has resulted from four years without step increases for eligible staff.

  Pay Lane Rank of 4 or better % of staff on a step ranked
4 or better
FY15 FY16 FY15 FY16
Status Bachelor’s
(31 Steps)
23 steps
(74%)
31 steps
(100%)
90% 100%
Master’s
(31 Steps)
24 steps
(77%)
28 steps
(90%)
90% 96%
Master’s + 30
(31 Steps)
31 steps
(100%)
31 steps
(100%)
100% 100%
Doctorate
(31 steps)
31 steps
(100%)
31 steps
(100%)
100% 100%

Operations staff also presented reports focused on the goal of maintaining efficient, effective, service-oriented operations that support student achievement in safe, secure environments.

Financial Matters

Dennis Jarrett provided the Board with information on the FY17 Budget development cycle. Governor McAuliffe’s budget proposal, released in December, does provide an increase in state revenue for YCSD. He also shared some information on a projected decrease in federal funding through Impact Aid along with expenditure estimates for potential budget items, such as the cost of a step increase for all eligible staff. While health insurance rates are currently expected to increase, the superintendent is exploring options to use the division’s health insurance reserve fund to offset the majority of the rate increase.

The Superintendent’s FY17 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 22, 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

Dr. Carl James, chief operations officer, reported that a Request for Proposal (RFP) for information related to medical aspects of adolescent sleep patterns should be ready in the very near future. The development of the RFP was approved by the School Board as part of our ongoing discussions regarding high school start times.

 

Thank you for your support of our students and staff!

Barbara Haywood
School Board Vice Chair
On Behalf of the York County School Board


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