UA-8412995-1 The Southport Globe: School budget hike of nearly 5% proposed by Title

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

School budget hike of nearly 5% proposed by Title

Superintendent of Schools David Title on Tuesday proposed an operating budget of almost $156.2 million for the 2013-14 school year, a nearly 5 percent increase over this year's budget of $148.9 million.
"It's always a challenge to try to put together a budget in a high-performing district, in a very well-regarded district that continues to improve what we have while at the same time does everything we can to keep the increase as low as possible," Title said as he presented his spending plan to the Board of Education.
Title said the "budget driver" of the requested 4.86 percent increase over the current $148,936,434 budget -- resulting in a proposed operating budget of $156,171,651 -- is the sharp rise in the cost of health insurance. That cost accounts for $5,431,206, or three-quarters, of the total proposed increase of $7,235,217, he said.
"So, my strategy was to do everything we could to try control the rest of the budget, whatever we could control," he said.
Title requested an $810,756 increase in staff salaries to $98,901,197 with a projected net increase of 100 students district-wide for next year. He said he was concerned, however, with having enough staff next year to accommodate the state's required new teacher and administration evaluation guidelines. READ MORE:

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