It's a pretty grim looking budget.
Supt. Del Burns is warning that they might not be able to rehire all of the 1,496 employees whose contracts expire June 30. He said it all depends on the funding from the state.
Principals are being asked to only fill 95 percent of their positions to cover for a possible 5 percent cut in state funding. Burns is warning they may have to layoff employees on continuing contracts if the cut is deeper than 5 percent.
In terms of the county appropriation, Burns is asking for $316.9 million, compared to the $316.2 million provided last year. The school system is working off a baseline budget of $310.5 million based on the $5.7 million given back to the county to help with their revenue shortfall this year.
Burns said he's not asking for any money from the county to keep up with growth and inflation. Instead, he said he's only asking for money to cover projected increases in utility costs and state-mandated increases in salaries and benefits.