Vast majority of the budget directly supports JCPS schools
By Toni Konz Tatman | JCPS Communications
A working budget that focuses on increasing student learning, improving culture and climate and implementing racial equity plans districtwide was approved by the Jefferson County Board of Education on Tuesday.
The 2018-19 budget is $1.7 billion, with $1.3 billion being funded by the general fund. Of that amount, $1 billion goes directly to schools and school support.
"We are committed to putting money where it’s most important -- in our schools and the programs that support the needs of our students,” said Superintendent Marty Pollio.
Pollio said he is committed to investing in and helping lead the expansion of the Academies of Louisville initiative in JCPS. Iroquois High recently became the 14th high school in the district to become part of the initiative.
Academies of Louisville brings together JCPS students, families, educators, businesses and community partners in a collective focus to unite Louisville in revolutionizing public education in our city to prepare high school students for success in college, career and life.
Pollio added that supporting morale and improving culture continues to be a top priority, as does the district's commitment to a racial equity policy that addresses the longstanding inequities faced by its students of color.
The remaining portion of the working budget -- approximately $351.7 million -- is comprised of categorical funding that must be used for grant programs, capital improvement, nutrition services and other essential areas that support students.
Highlights from the working budget include:
- $10.6 million in Early Childhood Education funding
- $4.3 million to restore school-level budget cuts
- $3.5 million for expanding art and music education at elementary schools
- $3.5 million for Academies of Louisville
- $2.9 million to continue bus driver attendance differential pay
- $1.5 million for additional exceptional child education (ECE) staff
- $1.4 million for W.E.B. Dubois Academy
- $1.2 million for MAP testing
- $1.2 million for summer school extended learning programs
- $865,000 for start-up costs to expand the Newcomer Academy and the Phoenix School of Discovery
- $666,486 for ten additional English as a Second Language (ESL) teachers
- $434,000 for cultural competence training
- $406,200 for 20 additional bus monitors
- $382,700 for additional staff in schools
The working budget is the final budget presented to the school board. It now goes to the Kentucky Board of Education for approval.