More than 30 new teaching positions, nine new bus drivers and $6.5 million in negotiated raises are included in a $194.7 million draft budget the Washington County Board of Education will discuss today.
According to a document available on the board's Web site Monday afternoon, the fiscal year 2007 budget represents an increase of more than $18 million over the $176.3 million the school system budgeted for fiscal year 2006. It includes a request for an increase of about $2.6 million from the Washington County Commissioners, who this year appropriated $80.8 million to the schools.
The state's contribution would be $110.5 million, according to the draft budget.
The board will meet today at noon, at which time the budget could be approved.
Along with the raises, the budget includes spending increases of $2.5 million to handle growing enrollment, $2.1 million for maintenance needs, and $2.1 million to meet state and federal mandates, Board of Education President W. Edward Forrest said Monday. Other big increases include $1.7 million to pay for higher energy costs and $1.7 million for transportation costs, he said.