The following was among actions taken at the May 24 meeting of the Loudoun County School Board. For more information, call 771-6410.
NEW BUDGET -- The School Board authorized Superintendent David N. Thomas to use $500,000 recently restored to next year's school budget by the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors to hire additional teachers
Thomas said the first priority would be to hire elementary teachers. The board originally requested 22 1/2 new elementary positions in its proposed budget, but withdrew 18 1/2 positions after the supervisors cut $5 million from the proposed $97 million school budget. The supervisors later restored the $500,000 sum to the budget.
With the additional funding, Thomas said he expects to be able to restore nine new elementary positions (for a total of 13) and add a few certified positions, such as librarians, and several secondary positions.
The school system said it also expects to use about $300,000 from this year's budget to fund some of the new positions. Heating and air-conditioning costs were lower this year than projected, allowing the $300,000 carryover.
The School Board also approved other changes in its plans as a result of the reduced budget. They are:Dropping a planned new pay scale for teachers and instead adopting a 4 percent across-the-board increase above the current scale, a savings of about $1.66 million.Reducing by 4 percent each annual salary in a new pay scale for classified employees, a savings of about $526,000.Cutting about $1 million in non-salary items.
Board member Edward Kiley (D-Mercer) voted against dropping the new teacher pay scale, and board member Joyce Rocks (D-Catoctin) abstained from the vote.