Hawkins BOE's first budget draft looks to use $3 million in savings

Jeff Bobo • May 8, 2018 at 7:00 PM

ROGERSVILLE — The Hawkins County Board of Education is projected to use $3 million in savings to balance its proposed 2018-19 fiscal year budget, but based on how much the school system has been returning unspent from  the budget at the end of recent fiscal years, it might not be nearly that bad.

On Monday night, Director of Schools Steve Starnes and school Budget Director Melissa Farmer presented the BOE with the first draft of the proposed spending plan.

Rather than go over the budget line by line, board members heard a general overview, then agreed to take the document home and study the numbers.

The BOE will likely hold another workshop before the budget comes up for approval at the June 7 school board meeting.

By the numbers

The 2017-18 fiscal year general purpose fund budget contained $54.12 million in allocations. The proposed 2018-19 general fund budget has $55.81 million in allocations, an increase of $1.69 million.

Of that increase, $812,385 are non-discretionary increases, including state-mandated teacher pay raises.

Two years ago, the 2016-17 budget was projected to use about $1.2 million in savings, but actually ended the fiscal year with a $2.171 million surplus.

The BOE is projected to end the current fiscal year on June 30 with an undesignated fund balance of about $11 million.

The current fiscal year budget was projected to use $2.415 million in savings.

The actual amount of savings used in 2017-18 won’t be known until the fiscal year ends, but traditionally the BOE has overestimated spending and carried over a substantial amount into the next fiscal year.

The separate school transportation budget is projected to use $394,523 in savings, and the separate cafeteria budget is projected to use  $118,246 in savings.

Among the new general fund expenditures in the proposed 2018-19 budget are:

— $280,680 to give non-certified employees a $2 per day pay raise

— $73,835 to give bus drivers a $3 per day pay raise

— $42,000 to replace three maintenance vans, one mower, and a water jetter

— $311,000 for the state-mandated teacher salary increase, with the associated benefits costing another $56,322

— $58,738 for additional third-grade end of course assessments

— $185,137 for a 3 percent increase in employee health insurance


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