School Board adopts FY2015 budget

The Chesterfield County School Board last night unanimously adopted its FY 2015 budget of $564,986,400. The budget provides for reducing class sizes in targeted schools, opening a second technical center, accommodating increased student enrollment and increasing remedial education. The budget also includes a 1 percent salary increase for employees and restores academic and athletic supplements.

The approved budget is about $3 million less than the budget proposed by Superintendent Marcus Newsome on Jan. 28. The School Board and staff members held two budget work sessions, spoke with community and school groups and worked with the Citizens Budget Advisory Committee and the Superintendent’s Budget Advisory Committee to determine where to cut positions and programs, update revenue estimates and increase fees to achieve a balanced budget.

Here are where the cuts were made from the proposed budget:

  • pilot outsourcing school custodial services (66 full-time positions) to cut $1,500,000
  • reduce county charges for radio shop and information technology by $148,000
  • reduce fund balance by $700,000
  • reduce warehouse operations (11 full-time positions) by $455,041
  • eliminate special education aide pool (eight full-time positions) to cut $249,746
  • make technical adjustments to cut $34,813

Here are the adjusted income numbers:

  • revised revenue estimate from county adds $3,500,000
  • one-time funding for replacement buses adds $4,000,000
  • increase behind-the-wheel driver education fee to add $284,000
  • increase facility rental fees to add $250,000
  • make technical adjustments to add $143,000

Additional information about the approved budget is available at http://www.boarddocs.com/vsba/chesterfield/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=9GJSKK.... The school budget now goes to the Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors.

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