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NNPS Proposed 2013-14 operating budget
(February 15, 2013) - At the School Board Work Session on February 26, the Superintendent's 2013-2014 Proposed Operating Budget of $285.1 million was presented; this total represents a $4.1 million or 1.5% increase in revenue over fiscal year 2013. The proposed budget serves as a work plan for the school division. It is a coordinated plan for moving the school division forward, for increasing student achievement and advancing the Academic Agenda.
The proposed budget includes a 3.5% pay increase for employees in the Virginia Retirement System (VRS) plan (employees will contribute an additional 1% to the plan) and a 4.5% increase in pay for employees in the City Retirement plan (employees will contribute an additional 2% to the pension plan).
The salary increase, coupled with the elimination of the last federal stimulus funds, created a $12 million funding gap. In developing the budget, the budget committee focused on several proposals to balance the gap:
- Reducing curriculum writing in order to provide teachers with time to develop a deeper understanding of the current revisions
- Revising some portions of the NNPS healthcare plan including increasing pharmacy co-pays, changing the retiree dental subsidy to match the subsidy to current employees ($5), and recalculating the dual spouse premiums
- Eliminating professional development expenses and using internal expertise to provide staff growth
- Increasing instructional time for elementary school students and adjusting school schedules to allow for daily planning time for teachers
- Eliminating 98.8 positions primarily through attrition and retirement
Employee health insurance premiums will remain the same, as will the retiree health insurance subsidy and medical co-pays and deductibles for office and hospital visits. Funding is included to continue tuition reimbursement, assistance for National Board Certification, and teacher license fee payments. The proposal to expand the high school schedule from 7 classes to 8 classes next year was deferred for further study.
The budget committee worked hard to ensure minimal impact across the school division. Employee input, suggestions and recommendations were carefully considered throughout the budget development process. Download the proposed budget.
A public hearing on the proposed operating budget will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 12, in the administration building auditorium, 12465 Warwick Boulevard, Newport News.