School Board OKs its budget

June 12, 2000|By ANDREA ROWLAND

The Washington County Board of Education Monday voted 6-1 to pass a $118.9 million general fund budget that includes money for educators' raises.

"The number one priority was salaries," Board President Paul W. Bailey said.

Teachers, administrators and supervisors will receive a 4 percent pay raise, making teachers eligible for the additional 1 percent raise pledged by Gov. Parris N. Glendening, Bailey said.

Members of Education Support Personnel Local 1 would receive a 2 percent raise, plus a longevity adjustment.

The School Board had to slice nearly $900,000 from its proposed fiscal 2001 general fund budget to compensate for the $1.8 million under-appropriation from the Washington County Commissioners, Bailey said.

The School Board had asked for $66.1 million, and the county contributed $64.3 million.

The Board eliminated instructional positions through attrition, reduced staff development funding, and cut two positions at the central administration office, he said.


The School Board expects to save $428,395 by eliminating instructional positions through attrition. A 50 percent cut in staff development funding would save $112,500 and the elimination of two positions from the central office would save nearly $99,000.

Other reductions would include modifying the Summer Leadership Institute, adjusting work hours to reduce custodial overtime, postponing three preventive maintenance projects, cutting back on transportation costs and making administrative changes in the Job Development Center and Marshall Street School.

School Board member B. Marie Byers cast the only dissenting vote, Bailey said.

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