Wayne County Public School Board Looks at Spending Plan

Wayne County Public School Board Looks at Spending Plan

Wayne County District Superintendent Dr. David Lewis gave the Wayne County Board of Education his last budget presentation yesterday — and encouraged the board to consider how much to set aside for a rainy day.

Lewis noted that the district has $11.7 million in its fund balance. That’s money that can be used in case of emergency — including weather damage to a school or similar problem. The district auditors want the fund to be at least $8 million.

The overall budget is $223,708,072

The district has produced a budget without knowing what will happen with state funding, and that won’t be clear until the General Assembly decides on a budget.

Board Members were encouraged to advocate to the Wayne County Board of Commissioners for an increase in supplement for certified staff. The district now offers a 7 1/2 percent boost to teachers’ salaries on top of the state minimum. An increase might help the district remain competitive with other school districts. Raising the supplement by 1 percentage point would cost the district $1.2 million annually according to Lewis.

Utilities are expected to increase 7 percent. Salaries for non-certified district employees are projected to increase 3 percent.

Public comment on the budget will continue until mid-April and the board might vote on a tentative spending plan at its May meeting. The district plans to post the budget proposal on line and comments can be made on the district website or in person at the district offices.

Lewis’ last day on the job is Friday.