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UPDATED: LCPS budget quick hits

Local Loudoun community members will have their first chance at voicing their concerns to the School Board regarding the fiscal 2015 proposed School Budget this evening at a Public Hearing and Work Session.

The meeting will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. at the School Administration Building in Ashburn.

Here is the breakdown of the most important parts of the budget:

Total Expenditure changes: An increase of $108.7 million

Employee Compensation cost: An increase of $31.9 million from last year's budget.

-Provides a re-basing of the salary schedules as well as step increases for all eligible employees.
-Will provide teachers and all other employees step increases for the first time in five years.

Growth: $35.7 million

-Covers the cost of 460 new positions.
-Over the last seven years Loudoun has grown from 57,009 students to 73,233 students or more than 28 percent.
-During same period school buildings have gone from 75 to 87.
-New students mean new buildings.

Technology: $13.1 million plus potential $37.1 million bond referendum

-Address the 1 to 1 initiative, or mobile devices for all students and teachers, through a bond referendum.
-Adding 29 new full time employees to help meet demand.
-$8.4 million difference from fiscal 2014 to 2015 in non-salary costs.

Revenue increases requested:

County: $87.5 million
State: $20.3 million
Federal: $400,000
Other Fees: $500,000

Gap in Funding:

-Proposed budget has a gap in funding of $56.3 million, after a projection sees the county providing $31.3 million in revenue. The county provided an updated number Jan. 15.
-Should nothing be done about it, the School Board may be forced to cut more than 1,100 full-time employees. That would save up to $63.7 million.


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