County Schools To Unveil Preliminary Budget

Division Expecting To Gain $671,000 From State; Lose $307,000 In Federal Dollars

Posted: March 18, 2013

HARRISONBURG — Rockingham County Schools will unveil the first draft of its 2013-14 budget during a 7 p.m. meeting Wednesday at Montevideo Middle School.


During the last budget update, given at a March 11 school board meeting, division officials said they were still figuring out how much money to ask from the Rockingham County Board of Supervisors, but that number will be unveiled at Wednesday’s meeting. It knew what to expect in federal and state funding.


The county will receive more than $670,000 in new state revenue to fund the state’s portion of the 2-percent raise for teachers that Gov. Bob McDonnell proposed earlier this year. For the current year, the division received $55.7 million of its $112.9 million budget from the state.


Because of sequestration — the automatic federal budget cuts — the county is expecting to lose $307,000 in federal revenue. For 2012-13, the division received nearly $4.8 million in federal funds.


The budget presentation last week also laid out tentative expenditures, including anywhere from $800,000 to $1.2 million to give employees a raise.


The division also anticipates spending $827,000 on increased health insurance rates, $250,000 to increase the daily pay rate for substitute teachers from $65 to $80, and $98,000 to increase summer school offerings.


Additionally, county schools tentatively expect to use $893,000 for several new positions the county schools are considering adding to its payroll, and to replace personnel funding lost by the federal cuts.


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