The Loudoun County School Board wants to hear what the public thinks of the superintendent’s proposed $1,124.2 billion operating budget.
The board will hold its second and final public hearing on Superintendent Eric Williams’ recommended spending plan tonight, ahead of adopting the fiscal year 2018 budget Thursday evening.
The public hearing begins at 6:30 p.m. at the county school administration building, 21000 Education Court in Ashburn. People interested in speaking at the hearing are asked to contact the superintendent’s office at 571-252-1020 or firstname.lastname@example.org by 5 p.m. today.
Williams is recommending a budget that is $93.6 million, or 9.1 percent, more than the current fiscal year’s budget.
Two of the priciest line items are related to enrollment growth, which he expects will cost $32.3 million, and employees’ salary and benefits, at $38.7 million. Projections show the school system will grow by almost 3,000 and reach a total student population of 81,622. The budget also includes money to expand full-day kindergarten, improve mental health services in high schools, and increase bus drivers’ pay and hours.