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2014-15 PRELIMINARY BUDGET MARCH 25, 2014. Where Do We Stand?  TOTAL LOCAL BUDGET REQUESTS AFTER INITIAL REVIEW PROCESS (Includes Local Current Expense.

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1 PRELIMINARY BUDGET MARCH 25, 2014

2 Where Do We Stand?  TOTAL LOCAL BUDGET REQUESTS AFTER INITIAL REVIEW PROCESS (Includes Local Current Expense Fund, Capital Outlay Fund, and Special Revenue Fund) $124,530,375

3 Where Do We Stand?  TOTAL REVENUE SOURCES AVAILABLE OTHER THAN THE COUNTY APPROPRIATION $8,215,345

4 Where Do We Stand?  PRELIMINARY NEED FOR COUNTY APPROPRIATION FUNDING $116,315,030

5 Where Do We Stand?  PRELIMINARY COUNTY APPROPRIATION NEEDED FOR $116,315,030  CURRENT YEAR COUNTY APPROPRIATION $112,722,753  POTENTIAL INCREASE NEEDED $3,592, %

6 Preliminary Funding Info  First correspondence from the County indicated a potential REDUCTION in funding of $2.6 million  Part of the reduction is the “hold-harmless” amount added to the formula for  Part of the reduction is a preliminary assessment that County sales tax revenues are declining  We are awaiting “better” information

7 Budget Highlights  Request includes funds to match a potential 3% across-the-board pay increase for local-paid base salaries and for all local supplements $1,645,900  Request includes an already-adopted increase in health insurance costs $123,000

8 Budget Highlights  We are losing the ability to transfer 400 CTE months of employment for other state needs for and are scheduled to lose the ability to transfer another 400 months the following year. This ability “saved” us $520,000 this year.  These last two slides account for 64% of the needed county funding increase

9 Budget Highlights  The Board originally budgeted $4.1 million of fund balance for , primarily to make up for state teacher assistant funding losses  Current estimates are that we will need to use $2.7 million of local fund balance  That will leave us with local fund balance= $12,750,000

10 Budget Highlights  We are proposing to eliminate Teacher Assistant/Primary Reading Teacher positions due to the expected permanent loss of $4.5 million of state funding  That leaves our formula at:  One for each K-1 classroom  One for every two 2 nd grade classrooms

11 Budget Highlights  The teacher assistant position loss would have been higher had the Board not already reduced their work days to 208 and were we not using almost 30% of these positions as half-time primary reading teachers (a half-time teacher costs approximately $7,000 less than a full- time assistant)

12 Budget Highlights  Due to turnover since last year, almost half of the positions proposed to be lost are filled with people already aware that they likely will not be employed next year.  Primary reading teachers are year-to-year employees by the nature of their half-time roles (many are “double-dipping” retirees)  There could be other opportunities available for some who lose their TA jobs

13 Budget Highlights  A few new positions are proposed:  Two classified data manager positions  Media coordinator position at Kennedy  Assistant principal position at Atkins  One day per week of AIG teaching support for 11 elementary schools  Intern position in Research/Evaluation  2 facility management positions, expected to pay for themselves rather quickly

14 Budget Highlights  Other initiatives:  Postpone 3 rd grade “Imagine It” and use $200,000 toward K-3 reading materials  Centrally fund activity bus repairs so that school allotments can be focused on meeting the needs of students ($75,000)  Pay IB membership/exam fees ($78,300)  New standards-based resources ($92,000)

15 Budget Highlights  “Required” Increases  Utilities ($330,000*)  Workers’ Compensation and Dental claims experience ($153,700)  Payments to Charter Schools ($100,000)  SRO contract increases ($35,000) * A large percentage of this increase involves a switch to contracting with the City for solid waste pick-up in the County – initial cost, but saves the replacement of a truck and allows for repurposing the driver

16 Budget Highlights  Other “no cost” (we hope!) initiatives:  Elementary classified testing/technology facilitators, freeing up curriculum coordinators from testing duties  Elementary specialists to restore five-day specials rotation (currently six-day)  Full-time (from current half-time) study skills positions at Equity+ middle schools

17 Budget Highlights  Other “no cost” (we hope!) initiatives:  An extra release period for high school athletic directors  “Freeing up” $625,000 per year of federal Title II funds for staff development  A two-week Title 1 summer reading program in July/August (no cost to the local budget)  Refocus Title 1 bonuses into training stipends and pay for additional student remediation

18 Other Information  Textbook replacements will continue to be delayed due to expected lack of state funding (planning allotment is only $765,000) and due to uncertainty surrounding North Carolina standards  Increased supplies and materials school allotment is proposed from local fund balance to help teachers acquire additional resources

19 Other Information  The 119-day contract employment of new classified employee hires continues to hold down costs, save management time and effort, and ensure quality hires  We continue to outsource housekeeping services school-by-school as we incur turnover in staffing  ACA is not impacting the budget for , but could for

20 Contingencies  The state 2013 Budget Bill proposed to restore $1.3 million in funding for teachers and teacher assistants in  We fear those funds will be “hijacked” for teacher and state employee pay raises  We need to keep the pressure on the General Assembly to provide more textbook funding

21 Contingencies  Our County Appropriation is still less than it was in , and our student population is up by over 2,000 since then  We should suggest that the level of funding become the new base for the operation of the formula (locking in place the “hold-harmless”, since the Commissioners reduced the net property tax rate despite our continuing level of needs and increasing student enrollment)

22 Contingencies  Even if we continue at a hold-harmless level of County funding, our needs far outpace that funding level  It would be extremely difficult to reduce the budget another $3.6 million on top of eliminating teacher assistant positions  The Governor’s teacher pay plan would severely impact our local budget needs

23 Contingencies  Fund balance is available to pick up some/all of the $3.6 million in needs for at least one year  We can spend that year evaluating long- term budget savings strategies  There is some chance of additional one- time funding opportunities that could reduce some of our current operating budget lines

24 Summary  $3,592,277 needed increase in County Appropriation  81% of that increase is due to factors beyond the control of the Board (pay/benefits increases, rate increases by other agencies, charter enrollments)  After five years of constant budget cutting, “low impact” budget cutting strategies are no longer available


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