Greenville Schools Superintendent Burke Royster presented the first reading of the FY19 Greenville School General Fund budget. The School Board had opportunity to review the budget, offer questions and concerns and suggestions. The final draft of the budget will be presented to the board for a vote on Monday, May 21 at 6:30 PM. Please review the budget and let me know if you have any comments, suggestions or concerns. Also, there is a PUBLIC COMMENT period scheduled on May 21 at 6:00PM.
Some highlights include:
A pay increase for all school district employees. Because it is tied to step increases- the % increase will range from 2%-4%. The average increase for teachers will be 3%. Cost $11.5 million
Additional Guidance Counselors to help reduce ratios in High Schools and Middle Schools to 1:275 students. Cost $904,000
Increased funding for Zone Patrol officers for elementary schools to reduce number of schools each officer visits daily. Cost $1 million
New Unfunded and Underfunded Mandates in FY19 budget:
In addition to these efforts, there were nearly $15 million in new unfunded and underfunded mandates that were approved at the state and federal level that will impact our budget, including:
Additional $3 million in Employer Share of Health Insurance costs
Additional $6 million in Employer Share of state Retirement costs
Additional $2.5 million in Special Ed costs that were cut from Federal budget without cutting service requirements
The General assembly approved a plan to move the Base Student Cost up to $2,485. Adjusting to our Index of Taxpaying ability, that results in Greenville Schools receiving $1,785 (or a REDUCTION of $40/student from FY18).
In order to meet this cut in our funds, and to meet the $20 million in unfunded and underfunded mandates, the Superintendent is recommending a 5.1 mill millage increase. On a typical small business, this would result in an additional $150/year- on a average vehicle property tax, this would be an increase of $1.10 annually
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