Raises ahead for Fayette teachers

Raises ahead for Fayette teachers

Following years of decline, BoE’s budget expected to go up by $4.2 million

Things are looking up for the Fayette County School System — up as in more money coming in that can be used for pay raises.

The Board of Education on May 5 got a preliminary look at the FY 2014-2015 budget that shows revenues beginning to edge up. The tentative budget preview showed total revenues of $167.5 million, a $4.2 million increase over the current year.

The total budget proposed at $169.3 million will use $1.7 million in available fund balance while maintaining more than $19 million in fund balance and reserves.

Assistant Superintendent Tom Gray provided a breakdown of the revenue side showing a $1.1 million increase in state funds to $85.2 million. On the local revenue side, property taxes look to increase to $71 million, up $2.1 million.

That amount could increase given that the budget, which is conservative in nature, is calculated on a flat tax digest. Preliminary figures from the Fayette County Tax Assessor are showing what could amount to an increase of 3 percent or more in the 2014 tax digest.

Revenue from auto tags is expected to increase slightly, from approximately $8 million in the current budget to $8.5 million in FY 2015.

On the expense side, the tentative budget includes a 1.5 percent pay increase for all employees on pre-set salary scales, a step increase for classified employees with at least five years of service, the addition of 39 parapros and other more minor expenses.

The tentative $169.298 million in expenses is offset by anticipated revenues totaling $167.6, a difference of $1.74 million. The proposed budget includes a $4.8 million fund balance, with Gray recommending that $1.74 million of that amount be allocated for expenses, leaving a FY 2015 ending fund balance of $3.06 million.

At first glance it might appear that the school board might be cutting things close fiscally. But that is not the case since the board last year finally had the votes to establish a reserve fund totaling 10 percent of expenses.

That amount, or $16.3 million, is still in reserve and was not a part of the calculations Gray provided.

Gray said the tentative budget will be presented at the school board’s May 19 meeting in time for adoption in June.

wxman
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Every progress report and quarterly report has come just fine...

during the school year, signed, and returned. The final one just comes out after the school year is over and must be sent in the mail. I get it. If a parent hasn't been concerned up to the final report card, obviously there are bigger issues.
This is just poor budgeting, a cry of phantom poverty, and just plain sounds bad.
I don't doubt we will be throwing lunches in the trash if the kids lunch funds go 50 cents in the hole.
Maybe a scarlet letter is in order.

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wxman-I changed my mind.

After reading "BoE plans gift to visioning initiative" it appears that the BOE can afford to pay to mail these report cards. I withdraw my earlier comments supporting the BOE's request for .50 cents per student.

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teacher raise

As for the "raise" teachers may receive---it is simply a matter of getting back the money the system took away a few years ago. Teachers of Fayette County will still continue to be paid less than teachers in neighboring counties.
As for the 50 cents being asked for to cover the postage of mailing report cards-it is because kids don't give their parents their report cards! Yes, look how far the authority figure, respect for education attitude has fallen.

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I have no problem with a raise for teachers but...

could the school system hold back $0.50 cents from the raise for each student. We were asked to have our student bring in the money for postage to send their report cards in the mail at the end of the year.

At first I thought it was a joke, but I'm pretty sure it isn't. In the end, it came in as the #1 most bone-headed request of the year for me.

To think the school and/or PTO were looking to get artificial turf at Starr's Mill for a football field just a year or two ago.

How far we have fallen.

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Thank you Wxman

As a teacher in one of Fayette County's Middle Schools, I can appreciate your thinking to take the cost of the mailed report card out of the raise to us teachers. Thank you so much. Maybe we can then ask your employer to take $2 to $3 out of your paycheck to reimburse your child's teacher for the school supplies such as pencils, pens, graph paper, folders, rubber bands that kids invariably forget or fail to bring to school.

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Hey wxman how about this. Give parents the option to send in .50 cents or trust their child to deliver the report card to the parent like it has always worked?

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Hmmmm....what a novel concept.

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FCBOE

Comment withdrawn after re-reading article!!!!! LOL