DeKalb Schools is scheduled to come out with the proposed FY16 budget at the May 4 board meeting. The board made it clear at the March 2 meeting, they wanted to see an increase in spending on instruction.
Since 2012, annual tax collections for the school district have increased by roughly $100 million. The superintendent proposed spending $20 million of that on teachers with the following news release.
4 percent cost-of-living-adjustment (COLA) for all veteran teachers with 6 or more years of experience
3 percent COLA increase to teachers with 0-5 years of experience; and,
2 percent COLA increase for all other employees.
The school district FY2015-2016 Budgeting Process includes:
April 1 – Board of Education and public comment input
May 4 – Proposed budget and revenue projections presented to the Board
May 28 – Tentative budget published in The Champion
June 1 – Board adopts tentative budget and has first millage rate hearing
June 4 – Five-year millage rate history published in The Champion
June 17 – Final budget adoption vote and 2nd and 3rd millage hearings