Shilling Expected To Seek More Staff, Materials

School Budget Proposal Reflects Increased Enrollment

February 09, 1992|By Greg Tasker | Greg Tasker,Staff writer

Superintendent R. Edward Shilling is expected to propose hiring additional staff and buying more materials and equipment next school yearto accommodate 852 new students.

Shilling will release Tuesday his proposed spending plan for fiscal 1993, which begins July 1.

The spending plan, still under wraps, is expected to be about $5 million more than the district's current $106 million budget.

School officials are hoping to receive about $6.5 million more from the state's aid program APEX -- Action Plan for Educa

tional Excellence.

Offsetting that gain, though, is an expected reduction in countyaid of about $1.3 million, said William H. Hyde, assistant superintendent of administration.

County Management and Budget Director Steven D. Powell has said agencies have been instructed not to exceed their slashed 1992 budgets in developing spending plans for fiscal 1993.

Schools can expect to receive about $55.2 million, down from $58.1 million initially appropriated this year.

With an influx of 852new students, which would increase enrollment 3.79 percent to 22,459, most of the additional state dollars would be used to hire staff, provide materials and other needed services, Hyde said.

The cost ofeducating each county student is about $5,000, which means the overall price tag is about $4 million, he said.

"That's does not leave much for other programs," Hyde said. "It's actually a no-growth budget that we're dealing with."

There is not expected to be any increase in base pay, increment or longevity for the district's 2,200 workers, which include teachers, clerical staff, custodians, some bus drivers and administrators. None of those workers received pay raises this year.

Every 1 percent increase in salaries costs the district about $700,000.

Shilling's budget proposals are subject to approval by the five-member school board, which will hold three public hearings before taking action Tuesday, Feb. 18.

Hyde said there have beenno cuts to instructional supplies in the proposed budget. He said there has been some effort to restore cuts made this year to school maintenance programs.

In developing the budget, school officials followed several goals.

They included providing start-up costs for thenew Runnymede Elementary School; increased transportation costs to address increased enrollment; improving instructional programs with a focus on special education, extended enrichment and alternative programs.

Cindy Cummings, president of the Carroll County Education Association, which represents about 1,400 teachers, would not comment onthe proposed budget without knowing details.

Sharon Fischer, president of the Carroll Association of School Employees, which represents clerical and health service workers, said her members were aware the superintendent and board have been struggling with "all the difficulties coming out of Annapolis."

"The meetings I have had with the superintendent made it clear he will do everything in his power to preserve the staff," Fischer said. "We've delayed negotiations to see what's coming from Annapolis for the following year."

It's what could come that still worries educators. The governor's doomsday budget,for example, calls for eliminating about $1.4 million in school transportation for Carroll.

That would further erode any gains in APEXfunding, Hyde said.

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