Washington County Board of Ed approves new budget after huge increases of ELLs, disabled, and farm eligible students

12 June 2024- The Washington County Board of Education (WCBOE) has finalized its FY2025 General Fund Operating Budget for the period from July 1, 2024, through June 30, 2025.

The WCBOE had to adjust the budget after the Washington County Board of County Commissioners allocated approximately $8.6 million less to WCPS than requested by the WCBOE.

The adjustments included:

  • Lowering the amount of additional funding to enhance WCPS staff salaries.
  • Reducing the contribution to the Other Post-Employment Benefits Fund (OPEB).
    The OPEB supports obligated benefits to previous and current employees related to retiree healthcare should WCPS ever cease to exist in its current form.
Superintendent Presents Draft FY2025 Budget
  • Draft budget totaled $360.3 million, a 5.91% increase over the FY2024 General Operating Fund Budget
  • $16.72 million in identified needs did not make the Superintendent’s Draft Budget
  • Required increases totaled $7.83 million
  • Recommended increases:
    – WCPS staff salary adjustments: $10.6 million
    – Safety, health, and behavior supports: $1.67 million

The full details can be found HERE.