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CCSD approves final budget

The Colleton County School Board approved the district’s final budget at their recent board meeting, pushing through salary increases for teachers and adding more mental health support tools and counseling in all local schools.
The board approved its final budget in its recent August 27th meeting. The final budget now sits at $46,138,074 and will fund the district for the current 2019-2020 school year. Included in this budget is a state-mandated 4-percent salary increase for all certified staff members of the district. This includes teachers, nurses, occupational therapists and physical therapists who work with children at the district.
This also includes an additional 1.75-percent salary increase for eligible classified staff members at the district. The approved budget also includes funding to create five new teaching positions for kindergarten through sixth-grade classrooms, which will reduce classroom sizes for current classes.
The budget also reflects additional mental health support at the district’s elementary schools and a mandated 1-percent increase to all district employees’ retirement. This retirement increase is a state-required mandate.
Based on the final budget copy, the district’s largest chunk of expenses is district-level salaries. These salaries are calculated at $1,126,473 million. School-level administration salaries are approximately $1,803,459, with bus drivers/monitors being paid a combined projected salary expense of $1,614,014.
School Resource Officers’ salaries will cost the district $225,000 for the entire year. The cost of SRO’s in area schools is shared between the school district and the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office.
The total salaries of all district-level administrators, teachers, aids, custodial staff members, bus drivers, and instructional staff salaries come to approximately $28,270,898.
Under the new budget, the instructional supplies at most schools have also been decreased, with the final supply requests for all schools in the district costing $543,940.
The final budget also reflects an increase of about $884,733 in property tax revenue.
The school board’s budget approval comes after the Colleton County Council approved a 3-percent millage increase for the district. The board requested the millage increase to help balance their projected budget. Prior to county council’s millage approval, the Colleton County School District was facing a projected deficit of $1.1 million. This means the school district would have started the 2019-2020 school year operating in the negative and without a balanced budget.
Prior to approving the final budget, and to balance the budget, district officials and school board members have already approved a 10-percent cut to all travel budget for the school district administrative personnel. This comes at a savings of about $144,000.
The district also decreased its instructional supply funding, which will save the district about $15,270.
They also decreased utility spending, which will save the district an estimated $150,000.

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