Friday, June 6, 2014
The public will have to wait a few weeks longer to see what the Georgetown County School District has planned for its upcoming budget.
The school board voted unanimously at its June 3 meeting to postpone the public hearing for the adoption of the fiscal year 2014-2015 budget until June 24.
Superintendent Dr. Randy Dozier said personnel were “still working on the budget” and could use more time. The state legislature should be voting on its budget this week, Dozier said, which would also allow for the school district’s prepared budget to be as up-to-date as possible.
The board did hear an update on the proposed FY15 general fund, which has an estimated $79,298,530 in expenditures, an increase of $2,447,373 from the FY14 budget.
The general fund overview included a proposed $70,181,283 for salaries and benefits, $3,735,389 for purchased services, $3,358,399 for supplies and materials and $2,023,459 for other expenses.
Salaries and benefits will increase $2.2 million, according to the proposal, which is mostly due to planned salary increases and an estimated 4.5 percent increase in employer health premiums.
Other increases include $40,400 for purchased services due to an increased contract cost with athletic trainers, no increase for supplies and materials, and $170,950 more in the “other” category for funds due to Coastal Montessori Charter School.
Overall, the district will receive more funds from the state this year because of an increase in the base student cost, according to Lisa Johnson, associate superintendent for finance and operations. Because of the increase and other changes in the student weightings system, the district is projected to receive $1,174,881.08 in additional state support.
More changes may also be coming, Johnson added, once the state legislature votes on its budget.
“There are big pieces we don’t have an answer for yet,” she said, such as the expansion of child development programs and reading and technology allowances.
A public hearing for the adoption of the FY15 budget will be held on June 24 at 5:30 p.m. at the J.B. Beck Administration and Education Center. The regular school board work session will follow the public hearing. All members of the public are encouraged to attend.