Kingsport Times-News: What are the basics of the Sullivan school budget for 2018-19?

What are the basics of the Sullivan school budget for 2018-19?

Rick Wagner • Jul 15, 2018 at 10:00 AM

BLOUNTVILLE — The Sullivan County Board of Education-approved budget of $84,116,936 has only $81,373,035 in revenues, meaning $2,743,901 in fund balance or surplus is required to balance the spending plan.

However, Business Manager Engrid DeLoach explained at Thursday’s BOE meeting that both are worst-case scenarios with high expenditure and low revenue projects.The spending plan compares with the 2017-18 budget of $84,615,783. Director of Schools Evelyn Rafalowski is to present the school budget to the County Commission’s Budget Committee tonight (Wednesday) at the old County Courthouse downtown.

The 2018-19 revenues are budgeted for a 2 percent loss in the city-county split over the 2017-18 figures, with sales tax projections steady. The Basic Education Program estimate calls for a $307,000 increase, but it will take $360,000 to cover teacher raises the state mandates.

In expenditure increases, step increases will cost $350,000 and a 2 percent raise $900,000; a 2.5 percent health insurance premium hike Jan. 1 until June 30 $100,000; additional retirement costs $450,000; and 14 more school resource officers $358,000 for the school system’s one-half share.

For expenditure decreases through attrition, 22 teachers, one assistant principal, one bookkeeper, one central office receptionist, one maintenance worker and one secretary position are not being refilled. That doesn’t include the North Middle School principal being made a combined principal of North Middle and High schools, which are in the same building.

The budget also would do away with a stipend for retired Lt. Col. Bill Powley, a former Sullivan South High Air Force JROTC instructor, and cease plane insurance payments for a program in which he flies cadets during school hours. The regional program still would be available to Sullivan County students after school hours during the week and on weekends. He works through the nonprofit FLIGHT Foundation, which he founded.

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