Ocean City Today

Worcester County Board of Education approves budget

By Kara Hallissey | Jun 22, 2017

(June 23, 2017) Worcester County Board of Education members approved the public school system’s FY18 operating budget of more than $84 million at their June 20 meeting, following the budget’s June 6 adoption by the Worcester County Commissioners.

This year’s financial package contains an increase of more than $3 million from last year.

“Our hard work and open communication [made the difference],” said Superintendent Lou Taylor of the budget’s smooth sailing through the commissioners’ hearings.

“This was the first time the budget was funded entirely by our county. I take pride in that and it is one example of how we are strengthening every child’s education.”

Eligible employees received a step increase and there was a restoration of the FY12 mid-year step. In addition, there was a one percent increase on salary-scale adjustments and an improvement to starting teacher salaries.

The budget included a five percent increase in insurance costs and a one percent increase in salaries for bus contractors.

Three spare contractor buses were purchased for field trips in addition to a few new replacement buses.

Rounding out the FY18 budget was $566,100 in capital project money, which will add a shaded swing to Cedar Chapel Special School’s courtyard in addition to replacing two energy management systems and a chiller.

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