On Tuesday of this week (April 17), the Goochland County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the county’s budget for 2018-2019 which also includes our school division budget. The County budget includes $32,678,827 for the School’s operating budget and $1,900,000 for the School’s capital improvements budget, identical budgets approved by the School Board on February 13, 2018. The operating budget will allow the School division to hire one new science teacher at the middle school and one new science teacher at the high school as well as two instructional coaches that will work with teachers to maximize student potential in reading and math, for a total of 370 school-based staff.
All staff will receive the equivalent of a 2% raise with no increase in out of pocket expenses for health insurance for employees who choose our high deductible plan or our $500 deductible plan. This is significant as other neighboring governments may pass some or all of any increase in health insurance premiums to their employees.
A summary of the proposed, now approved, budget can be found by clicking here with additional detail regarding next year’s budget can be found by clicking here. The capital budget will allow for security projects at each of the schools, a roof repair at Randolph Elementary School, and a $500,000 set-aside to build a new Goochland Elementary School in 2022.
Many members of Team Goochland spend countless hours working to identify the many strategic needs of our division for the upcoming school year. Thank you for all of the time and effort that went into this process! It has also been a pleasure working with County staff and the Board of Supervisors who have clearly placed an emphasis on investing in public education in our community. We are extremely fortunate to have a strong partnership between our School Board and our Board of Supervisors and are grateful for their support!