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Superintendent’s letter to citizens
Dear Citizens of Caroline County:
As our budget concerns continue, we are working hard to develop possible solutions. We have updated information that we would like to share with you based on the General Assembly’s passed budget for the 2010-11 school year which is waiting on the final signature of the Governor.
Based on what the School Board passed as the budget requests for Caroline County Public Schools to the Board of Supervisors, we still have about a $3.1 million dollar shortfall for the 2010-11 school-year budget based on an Average Daily Membership projection of 4110 students. The state funding cuts make up approximately $2.6 million dollars of the $3.1 million dollar shortfall. The other $0.5 million dollars are the proposed increases in the Caroline County Public Schools budget due to health insurance, workers comp, software, etc. We received approximately $0.9 million in relief from the Virginia Retirement System and Group Life savings which reduces the shortfall to $2.2. At the School Board meeting on March 8, 2010 the following reductions were proposed, presented, and passed:
8 Teacher Assistants
6 Elementary Teachers (grades PK-5)
5 Positions in Transportation and Maintenance
11 Secondary Teachers (grades 6-12)
8 Positions in the Central Office
OC3 Internal Connection
Equipment for Instruction
Supplies for Instruction
2 Resource Officers (1 School Resource Office + 1 DARE Officer)
Athletic Program Reduction
Dual Enrollment costs passed onto students
Special Education Program Reduction
Reductions in Summer School Program
Teaching Supplement Reductions.
Each additional teacher truly makes a difference in the classroom by actively engaging students in the learning process. As proposed, presented and passed at the School Board meeting on March 8, 2010, we are requesting an additional $500,000 from the county. This funding allows us to reinstate ten teaching positions (4 positions in the elementary and 6 at the secondary level) from the 17 teaching positions proposed to be cut. We would also be able to reinstate the middle school SRO position and the DARE officer position to our school system.
We will; however, still be cutting over $1.5 million from our current 2009-10 year school board budget. As stated by Nelson Mandela, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” We believe that every dollar invested in a child helps begin to make that change. Thank you for your continued support of our children and our schools as together, we work to make the world a better place for our children.
Gregory N. Killough, Ed.D