FY19 Approved Operating Budget



  • $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


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.


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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