For Immediate Release: July 28, 2017
Contact: Nora Shoptaw (336) 370-8307
Media Desk (336) 574-5730
School Board Approves Final Budget for 2017-18
District was able to avoid additional cuts after making tough choices
Greensboro, N.C. – Yesterday, the Guilford County Board of Education approved a final budget for the 2017-18 school year. The budget reflects the approved county appropriation, state and federal funds.
The total budget approved is $729,928,427, of which $664,195,670 is used for operating expenses. More than 80 percent of the operating budget is used for salaries and benefits.
The additional funds include capital outlay, child nutrition, the ACES afterschool program and the special revenue fund.
Earlier this spring, the district called for significant cuts to accommodate $6.6 million in changes to class-size legislation for grades K-3 as outlined in House Bill 13 and anticipated growth in charter school enrollment of about 951 students, a cost to the district of $3.8 million, among other mandates.
Those cuts included closing High School Ahead Academy, increasing class sizes in grades 6-12 and reorganizing the central office structure. The district also eliminated 51 teacher assistant positions and authorized a $45 athletics participation fee for athletes who can afford to pay. Those actions provided the appropriate savings to meet the changes in state and federal funding.
In June, the Board of County Commissioners voted to give the district $7.5 million in operating expenses and $5 million in capital outlay. The district has been using these funds to keep the district operational since July 1, when the new fiscal year began.
State mandates and budget reductions were slightly lower than expected, which allowed the district to avoid any additional cuts. More than 60 percent of GCS’ total budget comes from the state, and nearly 9 percent comes from the federal government. The remaining 30 percent is funded by the Board of County Commissioners and other local funds.
Since the 2008-09 school year, GCS has cut $120 million and has reduced staff by the equivalent of 500 full-time positions. For more budget information, click here
About Guilford County Schools
Guilford County Schools, the third largest school district in North Carolina, the 47th largest of more than 14,000 in the United States, and serves more than 73,000 PK-12 students at 126 schools. With approximately 10,000 employees, GCS works in partnership with parents, businesses, colleges and the community to deliver an education that connects student interests and skills with the careers and economy of our future here and around the world. We provide educational choices to meet individual student needs in a culturally diverse citizenship and new opportunities to help our students Soar to Greatness. For more information, visit the district’s website at www.gcsnc.com
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