“You’ll probably recall a couple years ago, we weren’t even paying teacher retirement out of the general fund. That was completely funded by the state,” Frazier said to the board.
The first year the district was required to pay benefits, they paid 0.25 percent. Last year, it paid 0.5 percent. This year, it will pay 1 percent, adding $400,000 to the budget, she said.
“We have to be cognizant of the fact that in about three years, it will be up to three percent,” Frazier said. “That will be about $1.2 million based on current staffing.”
The cost of additional staff – three teachers and five para-educators – was included in the working budget.
The budget also includes about $1.8 million in salaries of those who were paid by the Edujobs federal grant last year.
The previous two years, state and federal funds covered a portion of personnel salaries. However, there are no such funds this year, Frazier said.
The cost of school nurses has increased.
The budget item was $329,000 last year and is $450,000 this year.
However, CSEPP (Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program) will contribute $150,000 to the nursing program.
Student transportation expenses have increased.
The district has gone from spending $503,000 in the 2009-10 school year to $868,000 in 2011-12. This year $900,000 was budgeted.
“We are not seeing any dips in the cost of diesel fuel,” Frazier said. “Hopefully $900,000 will be sufficient. If not, we’ll be looking at that again in January or May.”
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