York County School Board Newsletter

YCSD School Board Notes - December 2015

I am writing to share information with you regarding our most recent School Board work session held on December 7.


Human Resources Matters

Dr. Jim Carroll, human resources chief officer, shared an update on work towards achieving objectives in the School Board’s Strategic Plan. Information included details on the division’s FY15 recruiting efforts as well as feedback gained through exit surveys of staff no longer employed with YCSD. The two primary reasons that survey respondents identified for leaving the division were retirement and relocation. Also, the number of licensed resignations was the lowest in three years, though the number of licensed staff leaving for equivalent position elsewhere in Virginia did increase from the previous year.

Financial Matters

Dennis Jarrett, chief financial officer, provided the FY17 Budget Outlook which gave us our first preliminary look at factors that will likely influence this year's budget development process. Before developing priorities for the upcoming budget, the board reviews actions from previous years. We are proud to have been able to provide current step increases for eligible employees in FY15 & FY16, as well as one restored step for eligible staff in FY16, and reduced health insurance rates for employees both of those years as well. While the overall budget has increased, that is largely attributed to the costs associated with state-mandated Virginia Retirement System rate increases. When considering the adjustments for VRS and health insurance over the past seven fiscal years, the FY16 budget more closely reflects that of FY07.

There is still much uncertainty regarding funding from both state and federal sources. On a positive note, the state will be adjusting the Local Composite Index (measure of the localities ability to pay) to reduce York County’s rating. This will result in an increase of about $775,000 in state funding. At the federal level, Impact Aid funds to support students connected to the federal government through their parents could be significantly lower in FY17 due to an increase in one-time payments in FY16. If that occurs, the FY16 one-time payments could be used to help offset part of the impact aid revenue budget reduction in FY17.

The division will provide up-to-date information online throughout the budget cycle.

Operational Matters

The Board continued its discussion regarding the proposed FY2017-26 Capital Improvements Program (CIP) at the December work session and will vote on the matter at our regular monthly meeting on December 14. The CIP will then be submitted to the county for consideration by the Board of Supervisors.

The CIP outlines major construction projects, by year, for a ten year period. The plan is updated annually as projects may need to be added or moved to alternate years depending on changing conditions. One of our top priorities is a renewed request to build a new elementary school to address increased enrollment in the Magruder and York elementary school zones. The superintendent, along with division staff, are continuing to meet with county staff to look at site options for the proposed school.

Academic Matters

Recommendations for changes to the Secondary Program of Studies and Course Offerings Guide were presented at the Work Session. Highlights of the changes include the addition of three new courses, as well as adjusting course offerings to make four world language courses available to seventh grade students through the Virtual High School program. The Board will formally approve the revisions to the Secondary Program of Studies and Course Offerings Guide at the regular monthly meeting.

Upcoming Meetings

Our next School Board Work Session will be held at York Hall at 6 p.m. on Monday, January 11. All School Board meetings and work sessions are broadcast live on YCSD-TV, Channel 47 (Cox) and Channel 39 (Verizon). Meetings and work sessions are also rebroadcast on alternating nights at 7 p.m. Additional programming information is available online. I look forward to additional opportunities to share important information regarding our schools.

On behalf of the York County School Board, have a wonderful holiday season!


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

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