Next year's budget before Sumter school board

BY BRUCE MILLS
bruce@theitem.com
Posted 4/29/18

In the midst of budgeting for next school year, Sumter School District's Board of Trustees will meet Monday for a called budget planning session with district staff.

A district spokesperson sent out an agenda for Monday's meeting on Friday …

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In the midst of budgeting for next school year, Sumter School District's Board of Trustees will meet Monday for a called budget planning session with district staff.

A district spokesperson sent out an agenda for Monday's meeting on Friday afternoon.

At last week's regular board work session, district Chief Financial Officer Chris Griner told the board the district will likely add about $5 million to $5.2 million to its fund balance this fiscal year, primarily because of classroom teacher vacancies. Personnel salaries and benefits account for roughly 85 percent of the district's $130 million budget.

The district started this school year with 70 to 90 teacher vacancies, according to district Executive Director of Human Resources John Koumas. He said last week the district has worked that total down to about 50 now, and hopes hiring can continue to work those totals downward.

If the district has $5 million to $5.2 million in net income this school year, the district's ending fund balance as of June 30, 2018, is expected to be about $6 million, Griner said.

In reference to next school year, Griner said he's expecting it to be a tight-budget year for all school districts across the state, given an anticipated minimal increase to the base student cost from the General Assembly. Base student cost is state funding each district receives on a per-pupil basis.

Like all board-related meetings, Monday's called budget planning session is open to the public. Since it's not the trustees' regular monthly board meeting, public participation is not listed on the agenda however. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. at the district office, 1345 Wilson Hall Road.