FY 2017 Adopted Budget

FY 2017 Adopted Budget at a Glance

The School Board’s FY 2017 Adopted Budget totals $581.9 million which is a 4.4 percent increase over the FY 2016 Adopted Budget.

Total Adopted Budget:  $581.9 million
Projected Enrollment:  26,414
Cost per Pupil:  $18,957
Revenue Expenditures
County Transfer: 79.8% Schools: 84.0%
State: 11.8% Instructional Support: 4.1%
Federal: 2.2% Facilities & Operations: 7.2%
Local: 3.3% Management & Support Services: 4.1%
Other: 2.9% Leadership: 0.6%

Enrollment Highlights

Enrollment is expected to increase 1,176 students or 4.7% from September 2015 to September 2016 for a total enrollment of 26,414.

*Actual September 30, 2016 enrollment was 26,152, an increase of 914 students or 3.6%.

Revenue Highlights

County revenue increases by $12.9 million in FY 2017. This results from both increased local tax revenues and an increase in the School’s share of the revenues.

Beginning balance, or carry-forward remains at $3.5 million, the same amount in the FY 2016 Adopted Budget.

Funding reserves increases $6.0 million or 56.3% due to the difference in the reserve funds included in the FY 2016 budget and the reserve funds included in the FY 2017 budget.

State revenue increases $4.2 million or 6.5%, primarily due to increased enrollment and sales tax. Federal revenue increases $0.5 million or 4%, primarily due to an increase in Title I funding in the Grants and Restricted Programs fund and anticipated increases in funding for Food and Nutrition Services from the National School Lunch Program.

Local revenue from fees, charges, and grants is expected to increase by $1 million or 5.3% for FY 2017 based on historical trends, increased revenue due to increased participation in the Food and Nutrition Services, Extended Day, and Aquatics programs and an increase in school breakfast and lunch prices.

Expenditure Highlights

Funding was provided for:

  • An additional 93.1 positions plus materials and supplies for enrollment growth
  • A step increase for eligible employees
  • A 1.75% increase for those employees who would not receive a compensation adjustment with a step increase
  • An increase in the minimum hourly wage to $14.50 per hour for regularly-scheduled workers
  • Increased debt service based on the Spring 2016 bond sale
  • Additional funding for 18.53 positions and non-personnel costs to continue current services based on contractual obligations and prior commitments

New investments total $9.7 million and 77.8 positions, and include:

  • Arlington Tech at the Career Center
  • Central Registration
  • Student and instructional support in order to provide specific, targeted support to students and instructional staff
  • Professional development for teachers and administrators
  • Safety and security needs for school buildings
  • Infrastructure and support needed in order to provide central support to students and staff in preparation for being a 30,000 student school division in 2021

Savings and efficiencies total $9.4 million and include:

  • Significantly adjusting the salary base for current and on board employees
  • Reducing the budgeted VRS retirement contribution to reflect actual costs
  • Reducing the Comprehensive Services Act Fund budget to more closely reflect actual and projected expenditures
  • Seeking additional reimbursement from Medicaid for qualifying special education services

Budget Development

FY 2017 School Board’s Proposed Budget
FY 2017 Superintendent’s Proposed Budget
Budget Questions
Key Stakeholders Meetings
November 19, 2015 Education Center Room 101A Presentation Notes
December 10, 2015 Wakefield Cafeteria Presentation Notes
Community Budget Forums
December 1, 2015 Kenmore Black Box Theatre Presentation Notes
December 7, 2015
Joint Schools and County
Washington-Lee Cafeteria Schools
December 15, 2015
Carlin Springs Cafeteria Presentation Notes
December 16, 2015 Williamsburg Cafeteria Presentation Notes
Sounding Board Notes
December 1, 2015 Washington-Lee High School Notes
December 2, 2015 Oakridge Elementary School Notes
December 9, 2015 Budget Advisory Council (BAC) Notes
Budget Work Sessions
February 25, 2016 Budget Work Session #1 Agenda/Materials
March 2, 2016 Budget Work Session #2 Agenda/Materials
March 8, 2016 Budget Work Session #3 Agenda/Materials
March 15, 2016 Budget Work Session #4 Agenda/Materials