School Board's Balanced BudgetAfter half a dozen budget work sessions and countless hours, we balanced the RPS budget for the first time in recent memory. We made it a priority to find the savings and efficiencies in Central Office Administration so as to protect the classrooms.
Because there is too much bureaucracy at Central Office, I asked that Central Office find the savings internally to provide a 10% raise for teachers. I ultimately couldn't get those concessions from the administration, but we did get about a 16% cut in Central Office's $40 million budget. That will provide for a 4% raise for teachers, which includes both an elimination of the furlough days and additional funding from the Governor and General Assembly.
The administration's document showing how we balanced the budget is here: http://bit.ly/Y5pkQF.