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School Board adopts new budget

Tuesday, Apr. 29 | By Fauquier Times Staff
At a special meeting and work session last night, the Fauquier County School Board adopted the FCPS fiscal year 2015 budget of $129,883,603 along with the textbook fund, food nutrition fund, asset replacement fund, salary scales, health insurance rates, and a biweekly pay plan. The budget reflects an additional $2.4 million in funding appropriated by the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors.

Following are highlights of the approved budget:

Compensation: .80% average pay increase for teachers, 1% increase for classified employees, and $500 increase for administrators

Benefits: No increase to health insurance rates, addition of a Consumer-Driven Health Care Plan (a high-deductible, low-premium Health Savings Account) as a third option

Staffing: Addition of five instructional technology resource teachers, one guidance counselor, two teachers at Kettle Run High School, one English as a Second Language teacher, two middle school teachers, one part-time advanced and gifted and talented program supervisor, one transportation dispatcher and one computer technician; elimination of 11 staff positions (instructional technology lab assistants)

Biweekly Pay Plan: Non-exempt, classified employees are required to participate. Certified employees (teachers and administrators) may opt out of biweekly pay. All employees hired on or after July 1, 2014, will be paid biweekly.

Breakfast and Lunch Prices: The budget includes a five-cent increase in breakfast and lunch prices; the increase is necessary to meet the requirements of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.

While the School Board adopted its budget last night, actual funding is contingent upon the state’s adopting its budget followed by the Board of Supervisors’ appropriation of the funds.

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