CHCCS Budget 2016-17

Top Priority - Teacher Salaries

CHCCS Teacher with Students
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.


Breaking News

  • District Budget Update - July 27, 2016 At its July 21 meeting, the Board of Education was provided with a budget update and recommended reductions to balance the district budget. While the County Commissioners did provide additional ...
    Posted Jul 27, 2016, 7:53 AM by Scott Latimore
  • DISTRICT BUDGET UPDATE On April 26, 2016, the Board of Education’s 2016-17 budget request was presented to the Board of Orange County Commissioners.  The Board of Education requested an additional $4 ...
    Posted May 11, 2016, 1:39 PM by Scott Latimore
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Budget Timeline

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


New/Expansion Items

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

  • Funding for professional development
  • Funding for technology resources
  • Funding for core curriculum materials
  • Funding for additional mental health supports
  • Funding for restoration of teacher assistant positions lost due to state cuts

Projected Revenue Sources

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