Caroline County School Board Approved 2019-20 Budget Priorities

Dr. Calveric, Superintendent, presented the FY20 proposed operating budget at the regularly scheduled school board meeting on February 11, 2019 and to the Board of Supervisors on February 12, 2019. As a continued focus, Caroline County School officials plan to implement Phase II of the CCPS compensation study. The ability to fund Phase II salary increases would support the school division’s strategic efforts to become more regionally competitive for recruitment and retention of staff.

The $44,292,493 million operational spending plan calls for an increase of $1,800,318 or 4.2% in spending to support division and staffing needs for FY20. The Average Daily Membership (ADM) projection for FY20 is 4,076, while the Local Composite Index (LCI) is .3446. The aggregate number of days of membership (ADM) of all students during the school year and the locality’s ability to pay as defined by the state calculation (LCI) determine the majority of our state funding. While state funds are projected to increase by $669,068, the division is seeing a loss of $300,000 in one-time funds that were included in the FY19 budget. The proposed operational budget increase has a projected revenue funding gap of $1.4M.

While employee compensation remains a critical focus for the Caroline County School Board, Dr. Calveric indicated that a number of variables, such as the Governor’s proposed budget and an increase to health insurance premiums, will continue to be monitored. A second year of high insurance claims has resulted in a double-digit insurance increase. To mitigate some of the employee and employer impact, Superintendent Calveric sought the budget advisory committee’s input regarding a number of insurance options. Calveric shared that the most viable insurance option protects coverage strength as well as promotes sound fiscal practices. This option reflects the elimination of the premier insurance plan while introducing a new $500 deductible plan. While The Local Choice will not provide CCPS with a final insurance figure until late February, the estimated cost of this insurance change results in an employer contribution increase of $251,460.

Additional highlights of the 2019-20 budget, are instructional priorities inclusive of eight new positions including two math teachers, two English teachers, a behavioral specialist, an instructional technology resource teacher (ITRT), a school improvement specialist (high school data, testing, and interventions), and a student support specialist (attendance, mental health, social-emotional learning, support services). The total for these positions would be $541,109.

To learn more about the approved Operating Budget for the 2018-2019 school year, visit the school division website. The County Administrator will present the Caroline County budget to the Board of Supervisors on March 12, 2019. The Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing on the budget on March 26, 2019. Both meetings are at 6 p.m. and held at Caroline’s Community Services Center.

Budget Presentation (PDF format)