York County School Board Newsletter

YCSD School Board Notes - January 2017


I am writing on behalf of the School Board of York County as your newly elected School Board chair. The Board held its annual organizational meeting on Monday, January 23, and in addition to electing me as chair, elected Mark Medford to serve as vice-chair. I would like to thank Dr. Robert George 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 eight other local school divisions, the majority of steps on the pay plan rank among the top three. While this meets the objective’s target, the data does show room for improvement, specifically for licensed staff with master’s degree. Additionally, the Board would still like to address the compression that has resulted from four years without step increases for eligible staff.

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Financial Matters

Dennis Jarrett and Division Superintendent Victor Shandor provided the Board with information on the development of the FY18 Operating Budget. The division anticipates receiving approximately a $1.7 million increase in revenue based on the Governor’s proposed budget, but is also facing more than $1.9 million in mandated expenditures, such as Virginia Retirement System increases and special education staffing requirements. An additional$1.6 million would be needed to address compensation increases. With a recommended increase in county funding of $500,000 from the county administrator, this leaves YCSD facing a potential $1.3 million funding gap.

The Superintendent’s FY18 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 27, at York Hall.

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

The School Board also voted to allocate $800,000 from the division’s Worker’s Compensation Reserve Fund to the Capital Projects Fund. The money would be used to purchase replacement buses and textbooks. The division has analyzed the Worker’s Compensation Fund levels and determined that the amount remaining in the account, approximately $3 million, will be able to address any claims the division might face in coming years. The Board of Supervisors has been asked to approve this transfer at its February meeting.

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Operational Matters

Dr. Carl James, chief operations officer, provided updates on work related to Requests for Proposals for balancing elementary attendance zones and adolescent sleep research. The company awarded the contract to review options for elementary attendance zones presented information to division staff last week. In addition to evaluating options for balancing enrollment in elementary attendance zones, the proposal also involves reviewing bus route efficiencies at all levels to determine if routes can be shortened. Division staff will be evaluating the recommendations from the vendor regarding attendance zones to bring back to the School Board later this school year.

The consultant responsible for work on adolescent sleep research has provided some additional educational materials on the topic, which have been posted on the division website. The consultant is expected to provide additional materials and recommendations in February.

 

Thank you for your support of our students and staff!

 

Barbara S. Haywood
School Board Chair
On Behalf of the York County School Board


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