COLUMBUS COUNTY SCHOOLS INVEST IN NC’S FUTURE FUND SCHOOLS FIRST Budget Analysis
COLUMBUS COUNTY SCHOOLS Public school budgets have been cut for three consecutive years. Years 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
COLUMBUS COUNTY SCHOOLS 2008-09 School Year North Carolina Public schools were required to revert $158 million in January 2009 and $41 million in June 2009. Columbus County Schools returned a total of $461,602. ABC incentive bonus for meeting high growth in tested areas was cut approximately 1/3 from $1,500 to $1,053 for teachers and from $750 to $527 for teacher assistants.
COLUMBUS COUNTY SCHOOLS 2008-09 School Year The state placed a freeze of state funds from April 2009 until end of school year except for salaries. The Governor mandated a state wide furlough equal to $65 million. Each employee received 10 hours of flexible time off in exchange for cutting ½ percent of their annualized salary in months May and June.
COLUMBUS COUNTY SCHOOLS 2009-2010 School Year North Carolina Public Schools were hit at the beginning of the school year with a LEA Adjustment (reversion) of $225 million. Columbus County Schools returned a total of $1,045,651 million.
COLUMBUS COUNTY SCHOOLS 2009-2010 School Year Non-instructional Support Personnel (custodial and clerical) cut $1,863,132 Improving Student Accountability funds eliminated; $227,696 Staff Development allotment eliminated; $63,000 Textbook funding cut $182,773 Central Office administration cut $60,000 Literacy Coaches eliminated; $244,162 ABC Incentive Pay eliminated No pay increases.
COLUMBUS COUNTY SCHOOLS 2010-2011 School Year North Carolina Public Schools were hit at the beginning of the school year with a LEA Adjustment (reversion) of $304 million. Columbus County Schools returned a total of $1,387,696 million
COLUMBUS COUNTY SCHOOLS 2010-2011 School Year Textbook funding cut Mentor pay eliminated; $34,000 Instructional Supply allotment cut in half Non-instructional Support Personnel (custodial and clerical) cut approximately $1.8 million No pay increases
Total Licensed Staff Comparison: Number of Licensed Staff
COLUMBUS COUNTY SCHOOLS Summary of Positions Lost Over 3 Years Due to State cuts Teachers-51 Teacher Assistants-22 Guidance Counselors-5 Assistant Principals-4 Central Office Administration-1 Director & 1 Grant Writer Transportation-2 Mechanics Maintenance-1 Assistant Director Clerical/Secretarial-11 Custodial-1 Total of 99 positions
COLUMBUS COUNTY SCHOOLS Even though 99 positions were lost during the past three years, Columbus County Board of Education made a commitment to use Federal Stimulus funds to save jobs. 28 teachers, 2009-2010 23 teachers, 2010-2011
Stabilization Funds were used to maintain custodial staff:
65 custodial employees, 2009-2010 & 2010-2011
Funding for Columbus County Schools 2010-2011 State = 67% (Funding will reduce in 2011-2012 due to proposed cuts of 5%, 10% or 15%) Local = 14% Federal = 14% (Reduction in 2011-2012; elimination of Federal Stimulus funds) (School Year 2007-08 Federal Funds was 8%) Other = 5% More-At-Four, Early Reading First, ROTC, JCPC, GEARUP, Indian Education, other miscellaneous grants
North Carolina General Assembly Allowed flexibility to use Federal Stabilization funds to pay Non-Instructional Support Personnel (custodians) 2009-2010 and 2010-2011. Allowed flexibility to use lottery funds for employment of teachers 2010-2011. Columbus County Schools estimated lottery distribution is $532,775 for 2010-2011. Board of Educations were given flexibility to implement employee furloughs to save jobs 2010-2011.
North Carolina Budget Deficit Analysis2011-2012 North Carolina’s budget deficit is approximately$3.7 billion for the 2011-12 fiscal year. The cause of the deficit is: end of federal stabilization funds; end of some state taxes; end of nonrecurring cuts. Economic recovery continues to be slow. Based on the most recent NEA rankings, NC is 42nd on per pupil spending in the amount of $8,743 compared to national average of $10,190 .
North Carolina Budget Deficit Analysis Loss of Federal Stimulus Funds $1.6 billion Taxes to expire June 30, 2011 $1.3 billion Budget nonrecurring cuts $300 million Required funding for state health plan and state retirement plan $500 million Total 2011-12 Deficit $3.7 billion
Recently the Governor and the Office of State Budget Management requested state agencies to submit plans for 5%, 10% and 15% cuts for school year 2011-2012.
2011-2012 School Year What will this mean for K-12 education in Columbus County? 5% = $2,448,057* 10% = $3,668,240* 15% = $4,888,423* *Based on Allotted ADM of 6,719 students 4th month ADM is 6,508 students
COLUMBUS COUNTY SCHOOLS2011-2012 School Year 5% cut Amount: $2,448,057 22 Teaching positions 4 Instructional Support positions 1 Assistant Principal position 9 Teacher Assistant positions
COLUMBUS COUNTY SCHOOLS2011-2012 School Year 10% cut Amount: $3,668,240 26 Teaching positions 4 Instructional Support positions 2 Assistant Principal positions 36 Teacher Assistant positions
COLUMBUS COUNTY SCHOOLS2011-2012 School Year 15% cut Amount: $ 4,888,423 30 Teaching positions 4 Instructional Support positions 3 Assistant Principal positions 45 Teacher Assistant positions
For Columbus County Schools,cuts of that magnitude coupled with the end of federal stimulus dollars would represent…
COLUMBUS COUNTY SCHOOLS2011-2012 School YearIn addition: State cuts to Central Office Administration: 5% cut = $41,107 10% cut = $82,214 15% cut = $123,321
2011-2012 School Year Due to end of Federal Stimulus and Federal Stabilization funds, Columbus County Schools will lose an additional: 36 teaching positions
Due to cuts in State Non-instructional Support Personnel (custodians), Columbus County Schools will lose:
2011-2012 School Year With a state 10% cut plus the end of Federal Stimulus and Stabilization funds, Columbus County Schools could be forced to cut 82 positions/individuals
COLUMBUS COUNTY SCHOOLS EduJobs: October, 2010 Columbus County Schools received Federal Education Jobs Fund in the amount of $1,455,839. The Board of Education reserved the funds to keep teacher positions in 2011-2012. 26 teaching positions
RttT: 2010-2011 Columbus County Schools will receive Federal Race to the Top funds in the amount of $1,323,319, targeted for specific purposes approved by the NC Department of Public Instruction and the US Department of Education.
COLUMBUS COUNTYUNEMPLOYMENT RATE The unemployment rate for December 2010 was 12.2% (2,961 unemployed individuals) compared to North Carolina’s state rate of 9.7%. In comparing the counties in educational region 4, Columbus County ranks the third highest out of 11 districts.
WORST CASE LOCAL OPTIONS Across the board reductions Cut all but essential positions Transportation efficiencies or elimination of program Elimination of athletic programs Consolidate and close facilities
NEXT STEPSWhat can I do NOW? Stay informed through news media and through NCDPI and your associations. Contact your legislators: Senator Bill Rabon, Bill.Rabon@ncleg.net (919) 733-5963 Representative Dewey Hill, Dewey.Hill@ncleg.net (919) 733-5830 Contact the Governor:
Asking your Legislators and Governor to extend the state sales tax and additional taxes would restore $1.3 billion of the deficit. *Be courteous and professional as you discuss the budget crisis in North Carolina.
North Carolina General Assemblywww.ncga.state.nc.us Education and Appropriations on Education Committee Chairs: Representative Bryan R. Holloway Bryan.Holloway@ncleg.net (919) 733-5609