Posted: Thursday, April 29, 2021

No Tax Increase Included in Proposed FY22 GCS General Fund Budget

In a Special Called Meeting at the J. Floyd Hall District Office, the Greenville County Schools Administration presented its proposed FY22 General Fund Budget for first reading. A second and final reading of the $714,187,000 proposal is scheduled for May 18, at 6:30 p.m. A public hearing a 6 p.m. to allow community members to comment on the budget proposal will precede that meeting.

Next year’s proposed budget does not include an increase to local property taxes, though the Board has the authority to levy as many as 15 carryover mills from past years plus a number of additional mills not yet identified by the State’s Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Office. The decision to maintain the current millage rate is in recognition of the difficulty many businesses have faced as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, but it means 4.1 carryover mills from FY 19 will lapse and no longer be available to the Board to meet current or future needs. Additional revenue needed to meet the proposed budget will primarily be provided by the increasing value of a local mill, a $10 million increase in state funding, and the use of $22,960,000 in fund balance, generated from underspending the budget in past years. The State Budget has not been finalized, so it is possible the amount of fund balance needed to fully fund the FY 22 Budget will change before the second reading.

Notable new expenditures in the budget include:

  • A step increase for all teachers (including local supplement) - $14,751,000
  • Increase entry-level teacher compensation to $41,500 – $365,000
  • 2% raise for all other (non-teaching) personnel - $6,493,000
  • An increase to the employer’s contribution rate to state retirement - $6,173,000
  • Personnel to open Fountain Inn High School (fall of 2021) - $2,153,000

Other proposed expenditures include a modification to the bus driver salary schedule ($557,000), and increase to the bus driver safety bonus ($365,000), additional work days for school nurses ($221,000), and 12.2 additional full-time positions to hire teachers for multi-lingual learners (10.2) and school psychologists (2.0). The proposed budget also includes $2.6 million in budget reductions.

A complete list of proposed new expenditures and reductions is available below:


Potential Expenditures Due to State Mandates: The items shown below are mandated through legislation and total $19,442,000.

Teacher Salary Step

$12,069,000

Teacher Certificate Upgrades (i.e. bachelors to masters)

1,200,000

State Retirement Employee Contribution Rate Increase

6,173,000

Total

$19,442,000

Additional Expenditures under Consideration: The following items totaling $16.9 million reflect priorities needed to meet local requirements of the Education Plan for FY 22.

Teachers for Multi-Lingual Learners

$806,000

School Psychologists

166,000

Fountain Inn High School Teacher Allocation (To open fall 2021)

2,153,000

Roper Mountain Science Center Environment Science and Sustainability Center

40,000

Greenville Alternative Teacher Education (GATE) Program

162,000

Career Center Certifications

30,000

Increase in Local Supplement of Teacher Salary Schedule (True 2% increase)

2,682,000

Increase Entry-Level Teacher Compensation

365,000

Increase in Local Supplement to Add Step to Teacher Salary Schedule

419,000

Increase for Support Salary Schedules

6,493,000

District Float Nurse

56,000

Fountain Inn High School Support Personnel

886,000

Bus Driver Compensation

330,000

Bus Driver Salary Schedule Modification

557,000

Increase Bus Drive Safety and Attendance Bonus Amount from $5/day to $10/day

365,000

Hourly Support Salary Schedule Modification

703,000

Other Workgroup Salary Implications

190,000

Reclassify and add Five Days for School Nurse Positions

221,000

Implementation of Weekly Payroll Cycle (includes 1.0 FTE)

171,000

Athletic Fields and Grounds/FIHS and MS Athletic Fields

27,000

Increase Supply Funding for Building Services/Maintenance/Grounds

105,000

Total

$16,927,000

Reduction in Expenditures: The administration is proposing the following reductions to the General Fund Budget, totaling $2,600,000.

COVID-19 Additional Cleaning/Disinfecting Costs

($1,500,000)

Health Employer Contribution from Prior Year

($1,100,000)

Total Proposed Budget - $714,187,000


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