Last month the Board of Education presented its local budget request to the Orange County Board of Commissioners. The local budget requires an increase in the local per pupil expenditure. The majority of this increase is directly attributed to mandated cost increases, anticipated loss of grant funds, and the opening of Northside Elementary School. We are recommending additional funding to lower class sizes that, at times, have exceeded 30 students in the fourth and fifth grades. We are also recommending a small increase in expenditures to support professional development and curriculum development, to improve instruction and
continue our focus on Common Core implementation. Finally, we have included some initial recommendations to address ongoing safety and security needs and a small amount of funding to support general administrative operating needs. All along we have looked for opportunities to restructure or reallocate our existing budgets to minimize our total budget request.
In an effort to maintain transparency and to provide important information regarding the 2013-14 budget process, we invite you to visit our budget page - and please don't hesitate to call us if we can answer any questions.
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