On Tuesday of this past week, the School Board approved a balanced, needs-based 2018-2019 budget that provides the personnel and resources that will move our school division forward on our journey to maximize the potential of every learner. The initiatives outlined in this adopted budget align with our strategic plan and are aimed at maintaining our position as a leader in the Commonwealth.
The School Board also approved all of our salary scales with a 2% salary increase for all staff as well as revisions to some of our classified scales. They also approved health insurance rates. With these approved rates, there will be no additional out of pocket health insurance costs for any of our full-time employees and a slight decrease in premiums for those on the high deductible plan. All of this leads to a total compensation package for our employees that maintains our competitive position in our region. This will help us to retain the incredibly talented professionals we currently have, attract exceptional candidates when vacancies occur, and reward our exemplary employees for their performance.
This is an exciting time as we start preparing to secure the programmatic and personnel resources that will position us for another successful year.. In the next few months, you will see us advertise for the new positions that are included in the 2018-2019 budget – two new science teachers, two new instructional coaches, several extra sections for the ACA program, and a Title I parent liaison. We will also have individual and/or small group meetings for classified employees to help them understand where they are placed on the new scales. Furthermore, we are working on a total compensation statement, often provided to employees in the private sector, to be included with contracts in May to better describe the benefits that all of our employees receive from our division..
In summary, this adopted spending plan for next year provides the resources to support our journey toward continued excellence as we ensure that we are providing ALL of our students with the knowledge, skills, and opportunities that are so crucial for students to become successful members of a modern global community.
I will be presenting the School Board’s approved budget to the Goochland County Board of Supervisors on February 20th at 3:00 p.m. This will be in the Board Room of the County Government Center. Additionally, several public meetings will be taking place in the coming weeks as the Board of Supervisors make final budget decisions for next year.
- March 7th – Districts 4 and 5 Town Hall – Hermitage Country Club – 7:00 p.m.
- March 20th – District 1 Town Hall – Fire Company 4 – 7:00 p.m.
- March 28th – Districts 2 and 3 Town Hall – Central High School – 7:00 p.m.
- April 3rd – Board of Supervisors Public Hearing on County Budget – Goochland Administration Building, Room 250 – 7:00 p.m.
- April 17th – Board of Supervisors Approve County Budget – Goochland Administration Building, Room 250 – 3:00 p.m.
As always, please let me know if you have questions or need further clarification regarding anything contained in this adopted budget.