Last night, Dr. Raley presented the Goochland County School Board with a balanced, needs-based 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 proposed budget align with our division’s strategic plan and are aimed at maintaining our position as a model of excellence in the Commonwealth.
The full presentation is available online. Below, is a summary of the different themes of the proposed budget.
Inclusive and Engaging Culture – Employ a diverse, dynamic, and expert workforce
In February 2019, the School Board approved Policy GA-R (Compensation Plan), affirming the School Board’s commitment to establish our school division as “the leader in overall compensation among competitive regional school divisions.” Providing all of our employees with an overall competitive compensation plan is a priority in this proposed budget. Dr. Raley’s recommended budget includes a proposed raise of 3% for all employees who achieve a rating of proficient or better on their end-of-the-year evaluation.
Additionally, this recommended budget includes revisions to the teacher salary scale that improve some existing salary compression. The proposed salary scale keeps the steps on the teacher scale at 30, similar to the scales for other employee groups. The differential between steps has changed to .70% for most steps. Should this revised salary scale be approved, teachers will transition from the current scale to the new scale and receive a raise ranging from 3% to 4.88% depending on their current step placement (see slide 63). No teacher would receive less than a 3% raise.
This will help us to retain the incredibly talented professionals we currently have and to attract exceptional candidates when vacancies occur. The budget includes a total of $868,582 in funding for salary improvement and salary scale adjustments.
Even though neighboring school divisions may have to pass some or all of any increase in health insurance premiums to their employees, we are expecting no increase in health insurance premiums for next year! Employees will receive the full benefit of the proposed salary increase without paying more for health insurance. Additionally, his proposed budget includes funding for our division to now offer health insurance to our part time employees.
Instruction and Lifelong Learning
- 1 special education teacher at Goochland Middle School
- 1 science teacher at Goochland Middle School
- Fine arts teaching position at Goochland High School from part time to full time
- Additional Career and Technical Education section to support new initiatives
- Additional reading specialist at Byrd Elementary School
- 9 part time elementary interventionists to support students in need of additional academic opportunities
- Increased support for summer instruction
- Funding for boys and girls lacrosse teams at Goochland High School
- Increased instructional funding for schools and specific programs (see slide 37)
Facilities, Resources, and Technology
- Funding to stagger start and end times for 2021-2022 school year
- Continued upgrades to improve indoor air quality
- Increased support for facility maintenance and improvement
In all, the proposed budget for next year includes an additional investment in public education in the amount of $2,453,734 or 7.2%. Without one time Federal grant funding, this increase is 4.9% above our current budget. Overall, 71% of next year’s budgeted expenditures will be focused on our instructional program with another 7.2% in technology. These additional expenditures are offset by new revenue from state, Federal, and local sources and intentional “strategic abandonment” of current budgeted expenses. The proposed increase in funding from the Goochland County Board of Supervisors is in the amount of $1,170,000. Total funding from our local government for the fiscal year is at a projected $24,500,000.
This proposed 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.
Several public meetings will be taking place in the coming weeks as the School Board and the Board of Supervisors make final budget decisions for next year.
- February 1st – School Board Work Session – Goochland County Administration Building, Room 250 –5:30 p.m.
- February 9th – Public Hearing on the Budget – Goochland Administration Building, Room 250 – 6:30 p.m.
- February 16th – County Administrator Presentation of Proposed County Budget – Goochland Administration Building, Room 250 – 2:00 p.m.
- February 22nd – School Board Approves 2020-2021 Budget – Goochland County Administration Building, Room 250 – 5:30 p.m.
- March 2nd – Presentation of School Board’s Approved Budget to Goochland County Board of Supervisors – Goochland Administration Building, Room 250 – 2:00 p.m.
- March 23rd – Joint Town Hall – 6:00 p.m. – Live Stream
- April 6th – Board of Supervisors Public Hearing on County (and School) Budget – Goochland Administration Building, Room 250 – 6:00 p.m.
- April 20th- Board of Supervisors Approve County (and School) Budget – Goochland Administration Building, Room 250 – 2:00 p.m.
All meeting are open to the public to attend in person and via live stream.