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FY2019-2020 Budget Proposal

 

FY2019-2020 Budget Proposal

At the May 7 Onslow County Board of Education meeting, Superintendent Barry Collins presented the FY2019-2020 Local Current Expense and Capital Outlay budgets to the Board for their consideration.

In his presentation, Dr. Collins presented numbers that reflected a $2 million increase in key continuation costs like salary adjustments, benefit increases, insurance increases and charter school pass through. He also presented a $956,000 needed increase to support the district’s highest priorities: math, mental health, and safety and security. This money would go toward the hiring of 4 social workers, a school psychologist, a suicide prevention program, a math curriculum roll-out, an elementary math licensure program for teachers, additional SROs for elementary schools and more.

The total Local Current Expense budget request came to $61,645,613.66, which included the requested increases and accounted for a savings of $600,000 worth of program adjustments identified by district staff.

Dr. Collins began his presentation on the Capital Outlay budget by outlining the scope of work it funds. Onslow County Schools consists of 506 buildings, 285 permanent and 221 mobile, 1,585 acres of maintained land, and 3,838,614 heated square feet. Current school district assets equal $702,457,025 and the average age of all facilities is about 41 years.

The Capital Outlay budget proposal totaled $6,028,000, which would pay for 26 urgent roofing projects, all of which are for roofs more than 25 years old, paving parking lots, 10 additional modular units to keep up with K-3 class size regulation, security systems, furniture, vehicle replacements and much more. The $6 million request is less than 1 percent of the district’s asset value. Dr. Collins compared this maintenance budget to having just $1,000 to maintain a $100,000 home and all household vehicles for an entire year. 

After hearing the presentation of the budget, Board members voted unanimously to approve the budgets as presented.

Moving forward, a formal budget request will be sent to the county by May 15, the budget should be adopted by June 4, and the new fiscal year will begin July 1.