Joint session to address school budget draft

by Madison White Franks

LANCASTER —The Lancaster school board and board of supervisors will hold a joint budget work session at 4:30 p.m. today, February 9, at the LCPS Annex, 235 School Street, Kilmarnock, to discuss a proposed 2017-18 school budget.

A related public hearing will be held by the school board on March 2. Following approval by the school board, a proposed school budget will be submitted to the board of supervisors, reported Lancaster public schools budget and finance director Whitney Barrack. The supervisors will conduct an additional hearing prior to the adoption of a budget and the appropriation of funding.

Barrack will present a draft of the budget at today’s joint work session. The draft shows estimated expenditures totaling $16,338,723, a decrease of $262,876.

The total includes $11,454,629 for instruction, compared to the current budget of $11,666,933; $269,392 for attendance and health, compared to $319,988 in the current budget; $573,902 for administration, compared to $549,867 currently: $1,179,988 for pupil transportation, compared to $1,167,256 in the current budget; $1,579,237 for maintenance, compared to $1,587,217 currently; and $599,131 for technology, compared to $620,781 in the current session.

Estimated expenditures for debt service and community services have not yet been determined.

The draft shows the school nutrition fund total of $561,687, compared to $563,815 in the current budget, and the textbook fund totaling $120,758, compared to $125,742.

The draft shows projected revenues of $15,656,278, a decrease of $255,764.

This would include $3,885,802 in state funds, compared to $3,957,910 in the current budget; $904,922 in federal funds, compared to $988,541; $70,430 in other funds, compared to $174,237 in the current budget; and $10,795,124 in local funds, unchanged.

Projected school food revenues total $561,687, including $8,188 in state funds compared to $7,762 in the current budget; $423,249 in federal funds compared to $440,168; other funds $250, unchanged; and $130,000 in local funds, compared to $115,635.

Projected textbook revenues total $120,758, including $29,392 in state funds compared to $30,606 in the current budget, and $91,366 in local funds compared to $95,136.

“The current draft does have a 1.5% increase in the teachers’ salary plus a step. The difference in each step is 1.5% which reflects a 3% increase for teachers,” said Barrack.

The school board and supervisors also will discuss the corrective academic action plan for the middle school and hear a report from middle school principal Jessica Davis on improved SOL scores.

The school board will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 14. The agenda includes a report from the school facilities committee and VMDO Architects, SOL scores and the proposed budget.


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