It totals more than $515-million.
A Frederick County School System proposed budget totaling $515.1-million is now in the hands of the Commissioners. The Board of Education Wednesday night approved the spending plan for fiscal year 2013, which represents a decrease of $1.6-million. The county's portion of the budget is $230.6-million.
As part of their decision, Board of Ed members rejected a proposal to increase secondary school class sizes by one student, which would have eliminated 45 teaching positions. But they decided to remove more than $5.7-million from a proposed salary pool of $10.8-million. The Board also removed $3.2-million it had considered asking the Commissioners to provide as one-time funds beyond the Maintenance of Effort.
"I understand that Board's desire to present a budget that balances expenses with revenues, and I recognize that these are challenging economic times," says Superintendent of Schools Dr. Theresa Alban, in a statement. "Still, I am deeply concerned that this budget does not include the full salary pool that would provide a pay raise for employees. Competitive salaries are the first priority of our leadership team because we are not only losing our competitive edge in recruitment, we are not rewarding the excellence and dedication of our staff."
The School System says salaries and work-year adjustments are contractually subject to negotiations with the school systems' employee units. They are the Frederick County Teachers Association, the Frederick Association of School Support Employees and the Frederick County Association of Supervisors and Administrators.
The Commissioners will hold a public hearing on the school system's budget on May 2nd at Thomas Johnson High beginning at 6:00 PM.