DATE: February 7, 2019
CONTACT: Phil Giaramita, Public Affairs and Strategic Communications Officer
School Board Approves 2019-20 Funding Request, Which Now Goes to Board of Supervisors; Final Budget to Be Adopted in April
(ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Virginia) – The Albemarle County School Board has approved a $195.8 million funding request for the school year that will begin on July 1. The request now goes to Albemarle County Executive Jeff Richardson to be incorporated into his budget presentation to the Board of Supervisors on February 15.
The funding request approved by the School Board would increase expenditures next year to $195,757,442, or by 4.8 percent over the current year. Revenues are projected to increase by 4.6 percent to $195,330,868. The difference between expenditures and revenues of $426,574 is less than one-half of one percent of the overall funding request.
The Board’s approval followed a series of work sessions on Superintendent Dr. Matthew Haas’ funding request submitted to the Board on January 17. Significant changes since then include an additional $1.6 million in forecasted local revenues; $1.1 million set aside to address market imbalances in compensation for teachers and classified staff; $76,000 to accelerate the provision of full-time school counselors in all elementary schools; and another $15,000 for a pilot program to eliminate shortages in the division’s substitute teachers pool.
Overall, 85 percent of the funding request, $167.1 million, is for employee compensation and benefits. Only 11 percent of the funding request, $21.8 million, is for operational expenses.
In his presentation to the School Board in January, Dr. Haas said his funding request “maps out the strategies and programs that will strengthen the interconnection between the fortunes of our schools and communities.”
“To truly be the catalyst for economic development and prosperity in Albemarle County, our instructional model needs to fit the contemporary demands of a highly volatile, rapidly innovating and multicultural marketplace,” he said.
One way to meet those demands, he noted, was to structure the school division’s budget around the five priorities in the School Board’s strategic plan. These include engaging every student; implementing balanced assessments that truly measure student growth and progress over time; improving student opportunities and achievements for all demographic groups; creating and expanding business and community partnerships that can yield up to 1,000 internships for high school students each year; and optimizing the efficient use of resources.
The Albemarle County Board of Supervisors will conduct a public hearing on the county executive’s proposed budget on February 19. Following a series of budget work sessions in February and March and an April 9 public hearing on a proposed tax rate and budget for the next fiscal year, the Board of Supervisors is expected to adopt a budget on April 16. The School Board will adopt its budget for the new school year later that month.
Complete information on the School Board’s funding request is available on the school division’s 2019-20 Budget Development web page.