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Greensboro, NC -- Guilford County Superintendent Maurice "Mo" Green presented his 2011-12 budget recommendations at Tuesday night's Board of Education meeting.
The total cost of next school year's operating budget is $619,328,682. Green said his proposal is based on expected cuts in state funding, the ending of federal stimulus money supporting the Title I and Exceptional Children programs and increased operating costs.
Guilford County Schools (GCS) said they were told to prepare for a 10 percent cut in state funding, which is expected to make up 59.2 percent of their budget. Green's proposal is based on a 9.6 percent cut from the state.
The school system is projecting a $5.22 million increase in operating costs to keep up with their current standards. That includes fuel costs, technology replacements, insurance and maintenance.
GCS said almost 82 percent of their total budget goes to schools, with the other 18 going to administrative support services.
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Here is a breakdown of the winners and losers from Green's budget proposal.
In the central office:
-- Reducing central office administrative costs by $6.4 million
-- Redirecting about 64 full-time equivalent positions from the central office
In the classroom:
-- Increase student-teacher ratio by .25 percent in all grades, which would eliminate 37 jobs
-- Salary reduction equal to two days for all employees making $35,000 or more each year. That would save $2.91 million. (Noted to be used as last resort)
-- Hold back $5.9 of Weighted Student Formula funding (50 percent) until budget finalized. Cuts eight to 10 jobs
-- Plan to generate $1 million in energy savings through conservation
-- Requesting additional county funds -- $3.2 million to $7 million. (Based on 1,600 additional students since last local increase in 2008-09)
-- $9.9 million in restricted Race to the Top funding to pay for "state mandates and key strategic plan initiatives"
-- Additional funds available from state-issued reduction of EOC/EOG tests
-- Continuing with 84 of the 98 district strategies
Items Put On Hold
-- Fourteen of the 98 district strategies were put on hold. Those include a salary compensation study, technology infusion for the curriculum in all grades, hiring a recruiter to find employees for "hard-to-staff" positions and adding security at middle and high schools determined to be in need by safety reports.
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-- Superintendent Mo Green will decline his automatic salary increase mandated in his employment contract. This is the third year in a row he has declined an increase.
Preparing For The Year Ahead
GCS said cuts were already made during this school year to prepare for the coming year's budget reductions. The steps include:
-- Banking all but $1 million in federal EduJobs funding
-- Limiting the hiring of non-instructional and non-school based positions
-- Holding back 31 percent of weighted student formula funding from the 2010-11 budget
-- Adopting the multi-tier bus system
RELATED LINK: Read more about the new bus system
Give Your Input
A public hearing is tentatively set for later this month. The school board will have a work session on April 26 to discuss the proposal. The public hearing is scheduled for two days later on April 28. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. in the Eugene Street Board Room. That's at 712 North Eugene Street in Greensboro.
The board must decide on a budget and present it to the county by May 15.
County commissioners are also having meetings to hear from the community about the county budget.
The meeting for Districts 1 and 2 is scheduled for Thursday, April 14 at 6:30 p.m. in the High Point Social Services Meeting Room, 325 E. Russell Ave., High Point. Districts 4 and 5 will meet on Thursday, April 28 at 6:30 p.m. in the Commissioners' Meeting Room, 301 W. Market St., Greensboro.
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