Frederick trims proposed salary hike

Posted: April 4, 2013

The Winchester Star

Finance Director Lisa Frye

WINCHESTER — The Frederick County School Board has revised its salary initiative for its proposed fiscal year 2014 budget.

In January, Superintendent David Sovine proposed a $168 million fiscal year 2014 budget plan with a school operating fund of $136.4 million.

The proposed budget called for a two-part, $4.8 million salary initiative — including a 2 percent increase and a two-step movement on existing salary scales for staff with more than one year of experience and a one-step movement for those having completed their first year.

At a School Board meeting on Wednesday, Finance Director Lisa Frye presented the revised $166 million budget plan with a $134 million school operating fund. The budget was revised in early March.

The budget’s newly proposed $3.1 million salary initiative still includes a 2 percent raise for all division employees, but teachers, support staff and administration will experience only a one-step movement on the salary scale.

However, the starting salary for a new teacher will increase from $39,220 to $40,000.

The budget will be approved by the School Board on April 16.

The School Board also:

Voted to approve purchasing four 77-passenger school buses. The buses, which cost $368,636, will be delivered by June. The money will come from residual FY12 funds.

Approved awarding an architecture and engineering contract for the replacement of Frederick County Middle School to SHW Group of Charlottesville for $1.98 million. The school will be built near Gainesboro Elementary School off North Frederick Pike (U.S. 522).

Approved an architecture and engineering contract for the division’s fourth high school to OWPR Inc., of Blacksburg, for $3.15 million. The location of the high school has yet to be determined.

Approved the construction firm Caldwell and Santmyer, of Berryville, as the company to build a combined 19 new classrooms onto Redbud Run, Bass-Hoover, Stonewall and Evendale elementary schools to accommodate future growth and full-day kindergarten, which is projected to begin in fall 2014.

Present at the meeting were Chairman Stuart Wolk, vice-chairman Benjamin Waterman, and members Michael Lake, Frank Wright, Jody Wall, John Lamanna and Peggy Clark.

— Contact Rebecca Layne at rlayne@winchesterstar.com