Rock Hill schools hold public hearing on proposed budget

dworthington@heraldonline.comJune 9, 2013 

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    The Rock Hill School Board is meeting Monday at the district office, 660 North Anderson Road. The meeting starts at 5:30 p.m.

— A proposed $129.1 million budget for Rock Hill schools in 2013-14 would increase teacher and staff pay, hire 29 people and kick off the district’s iRock digital education initiative -- all without increasing taxes or dipping into reserves.

The school board is holding a public hearing on the budget Monday. The meeting at the school’s district office on Anderson Street starts at 5:30 p.m. The public hearing is scheduled for early in the meeting.

The proposed budget includes:

• Advancing teachers on their pay scale, commonly called a step, at a cost is $1 million.

• A 2 percent raise for staff members, at a cost of $500,000.

• A 1 percent bonus for teachers and staff at the top of their pay scales.

Of the 29 proposed hirings, 14 are related to the district’s iRock initiative. Most of the positions are for technology support for the iPads which will go to student in grades four through eight. The cost of the iRock hires is $780,000 annually.

The school district also proposes to hire five custodians. The school board recently decided to have its own staff maintain the schools during the day and use a contractor for work in the evening. The cost to hire new custodians is $235,000 annually..

Ten new teachers are also in the budget for anticipated enrollment growth at a cost of $600,000 annually.

Salaries account for 88 percent of the proposed expenses.

The budget assumes 61 percent of the funding will come from the state and 37 percent locally. Local property taxes are expected to raise $43.4 million for the school.

The proposed budget is a 3.3 percent increase over the current budget of $124.9 million.

Don Worthington •  803-329-4066

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