Posted: Monday, June 6, 2016

Greenville County Schools FY17 General Fund Budget Approved No Tax Increase Included

The Greenville County Schools FY 17 General Fund Budget was unanimously approved by the Board of Trustees without a tax increase. The budget of $575,956,000 funds an additional $19.5 million in state mandates and $22.5 million in local required expenses for student growth, salary increases, and other needs. 

There are two major factors that lead to the increase in revenue, a sustained trend of higher millage value and corresponding property tax revenue and the SC legislatures approval of a significantly higher base student cost, from $2,220 in FY 16 to $2,350 in FY 17.  Greenville County Schools and its Board of Trustees greatly appreciates the General Assembly’s, Governor’s and State Superintendent’s focus on public education funding.

Approximately 87% of the budget pays salaries for the districts nearly 10,000 employees.  More than $305 million pays for teachers and instructional aides, $166 million for other employees and less than $65 million is for other expenditures.

Budgeted Expenditures FY 17

  • Special Education Teachers for Growth/Inclusion (13.5 FTE) - $882,000
  • 2% Increase to Teacher Salary Schedule and Salary Steps - $12,407,000
  • Teacher Certificate Upgrades - $700,000
  • State Health Employer Insurance Increases of 3.2% (Effective January 1, 2016) - $766,000
  • State Health and Dental Employer Insurance Increases (Effective January 1, 2017) - $299,000
  • State Retirement Employer Rate Increase (Effective July 1, 2016) - $2,529,000
  • Payments to Charter Schools - $1,932,000
  • Increases Associated with Student Growth - $2,250,000
  • Special Education Teachers for Bus Route Reduction (10.0 FTE) - $653,000
  • Teachers for English Language Learners - 100:1 ratio (10.4 FTE) - $679,000
  • Guidance Counselors - 300:1 ratio (9.5 FTE) - $713,000
  • Elementary Reading Interventionists (33.5 FTE) - $2,188,000
  • Special Education Psychologists and Therapists (6.0 FTE) - $514,000
  • Instructional Supplies for Schools (partially restore to FY 08) - $292,000
  • Personalized Learning - $451,000
  • Increase in Local Portion of the Teacher Salary Schedule - $ 2,230,000
  • Step for Support Salary Schedules - $5,884,000
  • Bus Driver Salary Schedule Modification - $995,000
  • INFOR/Lawson System Administrator (1.0 FTE) - $97,000
  • Small Engine/Tractor Mechanic (1.0 FTE) - $62,000
  • School and District Level Staff Development - $960,000
  • Additional Clerical Support for Schools (51.0 FTE) - $2,040,000
  • High School Athletic Directors (14.0 FTE) - $915,000
  • Academic and Athletic Supplements - $324,000
  • Academic Specialists and Academic Support Specialists (3.0 FTE) - $313,000
  • Human Resources Critical Needs Recruiter (1.0 FTE) - $92,000
  • Director of Staff Development (1.0 FTE) - $138,000
  • Middle and High School Extracurricular Transportation - $148,000
  • High School Marching Band Uniforms - $105,000
  • Athletic Fields Maintenance - $210,000
  • District Bus Maintenance - $30,000
  • Facility Maintenance - $210,000
  • Greenville Technical Charter High School move to SC Public Charter District - ($2,728,000)

Budget Presentation


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