Top Priority - Teacher Salaries
The district has significant fiscal needs, however, for 2016-17, the recruitment and retention of teaching staff has been prioritized above all other budget needs. Funds have been requested to match anticipated state raises and increase the local supplement to remain competitive in our region. The budget request focuses on ensuring that the district has highly qualified teachers and employees are receiving appropriate compensation for their work.
Teacher turnover in our district is over 18%. We are struggling to fill math, science, and exceptional children vacancies. For the first time in over a decade, we opened the school year with multiple elementary classroom vacancies. NC Schools of Education report that enrollment in teacher preparation programs are down 30% since 2010 (per NC Department of Public Instruction).
It is important to note the Board prioritized a teacher supplement increase by committing to it in advance of knowing the final state and local budget. We are recruiting for positions now and it was critical that this be determined if we were to compete with other districts in the region.
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May 12, 2016 County Commissioners’ Budget Public Hearing, Whitted Building, Hillsborough at 7:00 pm
May 17, 2016 County Commissioners’ Regular Meeting, Southern Human Services Center, Chapel Hill, NC at 7:00pm
May 19, 2016 County Commissioners’ Budget Public Hearing, Manager Presents 2016-17 Budget Southern Human Services Center, Chapel Hill, NC at 7:00 pm
May 26, 2016 County Commissioners’ Budget Work Session, Southern Human Services Center, Chapel Hill at 7:00 pm
June 9, 2016 County Commissioners’ Budget Work Session, Southern Human Services Center, Chapel Hill at 7:00 pm
June 14, 2016 County Commissioners’ Budget Work Session, Whitted Bldg, Hillsborough, NC at 7:00 pm
June 16, 2016 County Commissioners’ Budget Work Session, Southern Human Services Center, Chapel Hill at 7:00 pm
June 21, 2016 County Commissioners to approve the 2016-17 budget, Southern Human Services Center, Chapel Hill at 7:00 pm
July, 2016 Board of Education approves Budget resolutions for all Fund Codes
Schools and departments requested nearly $3 million to address legitimate identified needs. Those needs were put on hold due to our focus on teacher salaries. Only two new programs were added to the budget request:
- The "Grow Our Own" recruitment effort would be in partnership with NC Central and would provide tuition reimbursement for 10 teacher assistants to complete an EC teacher certification program.
- Funding for the final phase of the classified pay study would complete recommendations of the classified pay study which addressed employees who were furthest from market rate and critical areas including EC teacher assistants, bus drivers, information technology staff, and staff in the finance department. The initial phase ensured that all employees were being paid a living wage. The final phase will ensure that employees are being paid at market rate.
Deferred Needs Not Included In This Budget
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Projected Revenue Sources
The Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools (CHCCS) Board of Education has submitted the district’s 2016-17 budget request to the Orange County Manager and Orange County Board of Commissioners. The total local budget increase request for 2016-17 is $4,465,205.
State and Federal funding is lower now per pupil than it was in 2008-09.
- The request includes anticipated salary increases of 5 percent for teachers and 3 percent for all other employees, along with mandated cost increases for the employer matching retirement and health insurance payments. It also includes funding to maintain the current ratio of teacher assistants at the elementary level.
- Increased competition from the Wake County Public School System (WCPSS) has placed tremendous financial pressure on our school system:
o WCPSS significantly increased their teacher supplement levels in 2015 after receiving an additional $16 million from their commissioners.o This is the first step of their 5-year plan to have all teachers paid at the national average.o CHCCS salaries are approximately $2,000 to $3,000 below WCPSSo Our district may have significant challenges recruiting and retaining staff unless action is taken.
- If the budget request is not fully funded, the district will reluctantly recommend cutting positions, programs, and services in order to fund the teacher supplement increases. The district has made millions of dollars in reductions over the past seven years. Should the county not be able to fully fund our request, we will be hard pressed to not impact programs and services. A complete listing of prior years' state and local reductions is included in the Important Links section of this webpage.
- Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools has worked closely with Orange County Schools to bring budget requests to the Orange County Commissioners that are equitable, reasonable and fair.
- We greatly appreciate the continued support of our Orange County Commissioners and the entire educational community. Our Commissioners have a well-earned reputation for appropriately funding schools in a way that ensures an excellent education for every Orange County child.