1/28/15

Share your thoughts on the proposed budget



The School Board decided they didn't need the optional work session scheduled to discuss the budget on Wednesday. Instead, they will entertain motions and plan for adoption on Thursday as scheduled.

While this was the last night to speak to the School Board at a meeting regarding their budget, you can still call or email your School Board members and cc: the entire board at lcsb@lcps.org with your thoughts.

At the end of tonight's work session, Chairman Hornberger asked the Board members to state, if they were comfortable, the areas they may be looking to modify from the Superintendent's proposed budget. Here are their responses, summarized by the areas mentioned and the number of School Board members mentioning them:
  • Modifying the full-day kindergarten proposal (seems all are suggesting reducing the number of students receiving full-day kindergarten from the original proposal except perhaps Ms. Bergel) (7)
  • Retain some or all of the middle school library assistants that were proposed to be eliminated (5)
  • Restoring traditional summer school at a cost of approximately $550,000 (5)
  • Adding a post-secondary transition specialist for Special Education students (5)
  • Modifying the health insurance plan in order to reduce the increase in premiums to closer to 10% than 15% and stabilize the self-insurance fund (4)
  • Reallocate some of the teachers set aside for contingency staffing to other needs (3)
  • Reducing high school class sizes (3)
  • Adding a playground at Meadowland Elementary school (2)
  • Reducing the computer replacement costs (2)
  • Keeping the current number of middle school deans instead of restoring some (1)
  • Reallocating or eliminating funding for summer enrichment programs such as Summer in the Arts (1)
  • Looking at charter school dollar values (1)
  • Modifying the secondary staffing plan (1)


Here's the same information, but instead listed by School Board member:

Eric Hornberger, Ashburn (Eric.Hornberger@lcps.org)
  • Modifying the Full-Day Kindergarten proposal to consolidate some of the schools with space but less at-risk students into less schools. This would reduce 7 teachers and teacher assistants to save approximately $965,762.
  • Modifying the health insurance plan in order to reduce the increase in premiums to closer to 10% than 15% and stabilize the self-insurance fund
  • Reducing high school class sizes, possibly reallocating some of the proposed contingency teachers
  • Adding a post-secondary transition specialist for Special Education students
  • Retaining some or all of the middle school library assistants proposed for reallocation
  • Restoring traditional summer school at a cost of approximately $550,000
  • Adding a playground at Meadowland Elementary school

Thomas Reed, At-Large (Thomas.Reed@lcps.org)
  • Restoring secondary summer school

Kevin Kuesters, Broad Run (Kevin.Kuesters@lcps.org)
    None

Brenda Sheridan, Sterling (Brenda.Sheridan@lcps.org)
  • Restoring summer school
  • Modifying the full-day kindergarten expansion
  • Retaining the middle school library assistants
  • Adding a transition specialist

Jill Turgeon, Blue Ridge (Jill.Turgeon@lcps.org)
  • Restoring summer school with possibly reallocating summer enrichment programs such as Summer in the Arts if needed.
  • Modifying the full-day kindergarten expansion to solely focus on at-risk students
  • Retaining the middle school library assistants
  • Adding a transition specialist

Jeff Morse, Dulles (Jeff.Morse@lcps.org)
  • Adding a transition specialist
  • Reducing the computer replacement costs
  • Looking at charter school dollar values
  • Modifying the secondary staffing plan
  • Modifying the full-day kindergarten expansion to consolidate more classes
  • Retaining the middle school library assistants
  • Modifying the health insurance plan in order to reduce the increase in premiums and stabilize the self-insurance fund
  • Adding a playground at Meadowland Elementary school
  • Restoring summer school
  • Reducing high school class sizes
  • Reducing the contingency staffing proposed

Debbie Rose, Algonkian (Debbie.Rose@lcps.org)
  • Modifying the full-day kindergarten expansion to solely focus on at-risk students
  • Reducing the computer replacement costs, especially the additional laptops
  • Modifying the health insurance plan to reduce the increase in premiums and stabilize the self-insurance fund
  • Specifically stated she would not support class size reductions at the middle school or high school level without research supporting it
  • Reducing the contingency staffing proposed

Jennifer Bergel, Catoctin (Jennifer.Bergel@lcps.org)
  • Adding a transition specialist
  • Decrease secondary class sizes
  • Modifying the full-day kindergarten expansion to specific schools with space instead of solely at-risk students
  • Retaining the middle school library assistants

Bill Fox, Leesburg (Bill.Fox@lcps.org)
  • Retaining the middle school library assistants
  • Keeping the current number of middle school deans instead of restoring some
  • Modifying the health insurance plan to reduce the increase in premiums and stabilize the self-insurance fund but also possibly including higher deductibles for the POS plan
  • Modifying the full-day kindergarten expansion

Once the School Board adopts its budget request, the Board of Supervisors will then decide on the funding they will provide the School Board based on its request. The County Administrator is scheduled to present his proposed budget on February 4.

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