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Just the Facts Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Superintendent’s Recommended Budget

Hampton City Schools

Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Superintendent’s Recommended Budget

Just the Facts

Two specific focus areas of the Hampton City Schools 2020 Strategic Plan became a driving force during the development of the FY 2019 budget: 1) Maximize Every Child’s Learning and 2) Attract, Develop and Retain Exceptional Staff.

To this end, the FY 2019 budget includes a two percent compensation increase for all full-time staff as well as the majority of part-time positions. In addition, the recommended budget allocates resources to the Academies of Hampton model, which supports the continued transformation of teaching and learning in our high schools via small learning communities and experiential learning opportunities. 

The Superintendent’s FY 2019 Budget recognizes the importance of rightsizing the organization based on a projected decrease of student enrollment as well as restructuring various educational programs and methods of delivery based on student achievement data, research-based practices, and the division’s strategic plan.

Q:  What are the priorities that drove the development of the FY 2019 budget?

A:  The School Board identified employee compensation and funding for the Academies of Hampton as their top two priorities for this budget cycle. The Hampton community also identified these as two key needs during the Community Priorities Workshop held in November.

Q:  How will the proposed budget impact employee salaries?

A:  The proposed budget includes a two percent salary increase for full and part-time employees. This does not include temporary positions, as well as some part-time teaching positions. The following link is to the proposed 18/19 teacher scale.

Q:  Will my health insurance premiums change next year?

A:  While the new health insurance plan begins 10/1/18, employees will notice a change in premiums in their September 2018 paychecks. The increase in insurance will be 3.2% to the premium of the plan selected by the employee. HCS will also be paying 3.2% more toward each employee’s health insurance selected plan.  Please note employees who participate in the wellness program save significantly.  The following links provide greater detail regarding insurance for next year: 18/19 Insurance Rates, Premium Comparison FY 18 to FY 19, and the Wellness Program.

Q:  I noticed that Read 180 will no longer be used at the middle school level beginning next year. Will there be a reading intervention program to support students in need of tier two intervention?

A:  The HCS Language Arts Department is developing an intervention model based on research and best practices to address the needs of struggling adolescent readers. We are currently using some of these best practices in a pilot capacity and are realizing gains in reading comprehension. In the FY 2019 budget, there is a line item that denotes a reduction of 16.5 secondary teachers. Four of these positions are Read 180 teachers at the middle school level. These teachers will all be offered teaching positions in HCS. We have budgeted stipends to compensate teachers to deliver the new intervention model.

Q:  Are there other student achievement restructuring efforts addressed by the FY 2019 recommended budget?

A:  Yes. The FY 2019 budget also includes the restructuring of support provided to teachers of students with special needs. The restructuring plan calls for increased collaboration between the HCS Special Education Department and the Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Department. These two departments will work together to align support and professional development opportunities for special educators and general educators that focus on the implementation of a guaranteed and viable curriculum for all students. This is a restructuring of the service delivery model in order to offer all teachers more consistent support with direct alignment to the HCS curriculum. The new structure will eliminate six special education coaches. Two positions will be maintained to focus on reading intervention strategies in the elementary grades.

Another program restructuring is the merger of the Performance Learning Center with the eLearning program located on the same campus. Students will remain in small classes working to earn a diploma. There will be a blended learning model with online learning and teachers who will provide both academic and emotional support. The atmosphere will remain positive and student success will continue to be the driver.  This combination of successful programs is not eliminating services to students, but rather continuing those services while also conserving fiscal resources.

Q:  Why is there a reduction in the number of PK slots for HCS next year?

A:  For FY 2018, HCS received funds from the state to be able to provide preschool to 627 students. Based on the allocation formula, which in part considers projected enrollment, HCS will receive approximately $340,000 less in PK funding from the state for FY 2019, which impacts the number of available slots for PK. However, HCS will be contracting with private providers to offer more slots than the number funded through state funding alone.

Q:  Are there other reductions in the FY 2019 recommended budget?

A:  Yes. Other positions have been eliminated based on the projected decline in student enrollment, which is approximately 619 students. Please reference the link at the end of this document, which provides details of other reductions. The Human Resources Department has already communicated with employees who will be impacted by this proposed budget. As always, we will continue to work with staff regarding positions and placements for the upcoming school year. We anticipate the majority of employees impacted will have positions with Hampton City Schools during the 2018-2019 school year.   

Q:  Why does the budget include additional funding for the Academies of Hampton?

A: In order for our students to be well prepared for success in college, careers, and life, it is necessary to transform our high schools from a model focused purely on content to one focused on mastering content and developing skills in the context of real world experiences. This transformation will involve our business community in working with the school division to craft both the curriculum and the learning experiences for our young people. Funding is being added to provide training as well as equipment and supplies to support the new learning environment. 

Q:  I observed the FY 2019 budget includes the addition of two assistant principals and the reduction of four dean positions. What was the planning and thinking that drove this decision making?

A:  In addition to the need to rightsize the organization based on our division’s projected student enrollment, we are also addressing the need to create smaller learning communities in which assistant principals will serve as principals of at least one academy or two smaller academies. Each high school will have four assistant principals. This will create stronger relationships with students, families and staff members in meeting needs of all students which, then, leads to greater student achievement outcomes.

Q:  I noticed the International Baccalaureate (IB) Coordinator position is being eliminated. What does this mean for the IB program?

A:  The IB program will remain as a core program offering at Hampton High School. However, the coordination will occur through the addition of an assistant principal who will be responsible for the IB program as well as another smaller career academy. This will be a value added component for the IB program.

Q:  How can I find out more information on the proposed budget?

A:  We have provided the following link which includes the FY 2019 recommended budget. FY 2019 Budget Presentation 

We appreciate your support as the School Board and administrative staff work to build budgets in these tough economic times that impact our city, our state, and our nation. 

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Superintendent’s Recommended Budget 2019

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As stated in School Board Policy AC, Hampton City Schools (“HCS”) does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender, age, disability or other protected class in its programs, activities and employment practices and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups.  HCS also prohibits retaliation under School Board Policy GBAH for the purpose of interfering with a person’s rights and/or privileges under federal civil rights laws, which can include: (i) raising concerns with Division personnel about a civil rights violation; (ii) asserting a right or advocating for the rights of a student or employee under federal civil rights laws; or (iii) participating in a complaint investigation or related proceedings. 

All individuals are encouraged to promptly report any incident they believe to be discrimination, harassment or retaliation in violation of HCS School Board Policy.  All reports should be made to the HCS Compliance Officer, who also serves as the HCS Executive Director of Human Resources.  Upon receiving a report of alleged discrimination, harassment or retaliation, the Compliance Officer shall promptly authorize an investigation into the complaint, determine whether the alleged act occurred, and determine whether any action must be taken to end or prevent further harassment, discrimination, or retaliation.  For more information about this process, please review School Board Policy GBAB-R.    

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