• Step increases for all eligible employees as well as a teacher salary scale adjustment to improve competitiveness
• Maintains or reduces class sizes in the face of 3.8% enrollment growth
• Provides access to full-day kindergarten for an estimated 75% of our kindergarteners
• Opens the new Academies of Engineering and Technology program two years early for 150 ninth-graders
• Restores deans to every grade of all our middle schools (my first successful motion!)
• Adds a new performing arts magnet for 35 eleventh graders at Heritage High
• Supports One to the World initiatives such as blended learning and Loudoun Creates with new technology purchases
• Adds critical special education staff to support our increased needs
Some expenses are not highlights, but must be done. Health insurance premiums increase 8% for both LCPS and employees, but we are offering a new high-deductible health plan option at a much cheaper price. Retirement benefits costs to LCPS went up.
I thank my fellow Board members and all the LCPS staff for their hard work over the past month in putting this together. I also thank everyone who provided their feedback during the budget process so far.
Now it goes to the Board of Supervisors for review. The County Administrator presents his proposed budget Wednesday night, which will include an initial proposed amount for LCPS. Estimates back in January projected a $35-40 million shortfall. I'm hopeful it looks better. I urge everyone to stay involved in this process. We have high expectations for our school system here in Loudoun County. Be sure to remind your Supervisors of that as they work on the county budget.
Two years fully funded in a row? Let's make it happen.