12/27/18 County updated on ABSS funding

County updated on ABSS funding
By Isaac Groves, The Times-News 12/27/18    
Reprinted with permission.      

GRAHAM — The Alamance-Burlington School System updated the county commissioners on its finances at the board’s last meeting of 2018.

Revenue

$143 million:
state

$43 million:
local

$17 million:
federal

$13 million:
child nutrition (school lunch, breakfast)

$8 million:
grants

$5 million:
capital spending

$2 million:
daycare

Child Nutrition and daycare are federally funded “enterprise funds,” ABSS Executive Director of Finance Jeremy Teetor said, and 68 percent of ABSS students qualify for free- and reduced-price lunch.

“We manage a child nutrition program, which is one of the few in North Carolina that is self-sufficient, so we’re not having to provide state or local dollars to operate: It is profitable on its own, and we do operate a profitable daycare program,” Teetor said.

State funds spent


$99 million:
salaries $39 million: benefits $3 million: supplies $2 million: services

Local funds breakdown


$42 million:
county funds $900,000: fines and forfeitures $130,000: sales tax refund


Local spending breakdown


“We still do have a healthy share of salary and benefits that come from these dollars, but we also use the money that you give us to take care of our facilities, keep the lights on as well as providing the instructional supplies that get directly into the hands of our teachers and students every day,” Teetor said. $19 million: salaries $12 million: services $6 million: benefits $4 million: supplies $2.5 million: transfers to charter schools: about 6 percent of local funds

Charter schools


1,515:
Alamance County students in charter schools around the state, a number that grows by about 1 percent per year. 3: Charter schools in Alamance County open to students all over the state

Federal fund spending


$8 million:
salaries $3 million: benefits $3 million: services $3 million: supplies

Salaries breakdown from all sources


$72 million:
teacher pay

$24 million: retirement

$15 million:
hospitalization

$14 million:
certified support staff (social workers, nurses, guidance counselors)

$13 million:
supplementary pay (county funds for teacher pay)

$10 million:
noncertified staff

$8 million:
Social Security

$6 million:
school administration

$4 million:
office and IT

$2 million:
central administration “We’re keenly aware of public perception and trying to minimize what we have going on at Central Office,” Teetor said.

$8 million:
total contracted services $6 million: from local funds

Services


$3 million:
custodial services $3 million: utilities $1 million: printing $1 million: teacher training $550,000: school resource officers, EMS at games

Supplies


$10 million:
digital resources “We’re now at a point where every teacher has a device in their hands,” Teetor said. “We’re within 500 or so of every student having a device in their hands.”
$2 million: operational supplies, fuel for vehicles, etc. Commissioner Amy Galey asked about textbook funding. Teetor said school districts get a state allotment to use for textbooks or software. “I have seen a blend of textbooks and software coming in this year,” Teetor said. Textbook costs have gone up, Teetor said. Having a book for an entire grade throughout the system would cost about $1 million, and software also lets teachers keep closer tabs on student progress faster. “Textbooks have become very cost-inefficient,” Teetor said. “That’s got a lot to do with schools going to software.”

Capital revenue


$2.5 million:
lottery $1 million: county funds $890,000: insurance, settlement for roofing problems, repairs $256,627: interest on investments made with the last county bond issue, which is nearly depleted.