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February 12, 2018

School board seeks citizen input on budget tonight

Fauquier’s school board will hold a public hearing for citizen comment on the proposed fiscal 2019 budget tonight, Monday, Feb. 12.

The public hearing will take place at 7 p.m. at Fauquier High School. The board start its regular meeting at 6 p.m.

Last month, Superintendent David Jeck presented his proposed budget that calls for $6 million more in county funding for fiscal 2019, which starts July 1.

Dr. Jeck’s plan totals $144.5 million. That represents an increase of $7.1 million or 5.2 percent from this year.

The proposed budget includes:

• $3.26 million for 3-percent raises for all 1,800 school system employees.

• $1 million more for building improvements/maintenance, buses and a security specialist.

• $687,000 to fund 10 new positions and two existing positions, with state funds.

• $342,000 for technology to increase Internet bandwidth and to replace computers and phones.

• $50,000 for teacher training and development and tuition reimbursements, covered through state funds.

County Administrator McCulla will present his proposed budget — including recommended school funding — to the board of supervisors Wednesday, Feb. 14. 

After a series of work sessions and its own public hearing, the board of supervisors plans to adopt the county budget March 22. 

School Board Meeting 21218 by Fauquier Now on Scribd

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Fauquier Resident · February 16, 2018 at 5:31 pm
"$3.26 million for 3-percent raises for all 1,800 school system employees."
This information comes from several paragraphs above these comments. I take it you are telling me that is inaccurate. That is certainly possible.
I trust you are not trying to tell me that X% of 20k is not smaller than X% of 50K. That was my primary point.
Jim Griffin · February 16, 2018 at 11:56 am
It is not an across the board percentage. The budget I read includes a market adjustment to adjust the raise to help over 500 classified employees.

Further reading reveals the proposed contract includes no additional compensation for the superintendent.

You do not want to pay, say, the superintendent or other supervisors with an hourly rate. Their deal is different and hourly rates would pay them still more money than they receive now, increasing the disparity you decry.
Fauquier Resident · February 12, 2018 at 6:14 pm
Concerning the school system employees pay increase...It seems to me that a percentage pay increase across the boards is an unfair way to accomplish this. This way the people who most need an increase, the lowest paid, get the least amount.
Let's use an employee making $20,000 and an employee $50,000 as an example. The employee making $50,000 will end up receiving 2.5 times the amount that the employee making $20,000 will receive. This would obviously create an even larger salary disparity between the lowest and highest paid employees. Coincidentally, the person proposing this raise, Dr. Jeck, (according to salary stated by Fauquier Now as far back as Dec 2012) would get an increase more than 8 times that of the lesser paid employee.
If we have this 3.26 million dollars just laying around and want to use it to increase school system employees' pay, it would be far more fair to all to take that 3.26 million dollars and and divide it by the total employee hours for the year. We could then increase all employees pay by that amount per hour.
This should be a reasonably simple calculation for such and educated group to figure out.
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