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Horry County Schools is expecting an increase in next year’s budget of $212,881, part of which will go toward raises for teachers.

Next year’s projected budget tops out at $683.5 million. All regular district employees can expect a 2 percent step increase (longevity) raise, and teachers will receive an additional 4 percent raise for the year. 

Eighty percent of this past year’s school budget was wrapped up in personnel costs, and that piece goes up to 86.2 percent of the budget for next year. 

HCS Chief Financial Officer John Gardner told the board during their budget workshop Monday night that the district is expecting 397 more children next school year, and unfortunately receiving $100,000 less in state aid for students.

That being said, Gardner said that state lawmakers still have a few days to finalize their budget, so some figures could still change.

The district is expecting $4.6 million more in property tax revenues, he said.

What’s new for 2019-2020

The district expects to spend more money on contracted security services ($144,000), due to the district’s wish to have resource officers continue to work a few days after school ends, and come back a little earlier to be present for staff development days.

Among the other new costs will be $100,000 for safety and security repairs, $1.9 million toward a new K-12 STEM program, $1.1 million for a special education teacher and related service and support staff positions, as well as $555,000 for seven new ESOL teachers and $228,000 for three more RBHS (rehabilitative behavioral health services) counselors. 

As for building…

“We’re ramping down on a lot of our major construction projects,” Gardner said. 

The school building fund will see a decrease of $27 million for next year, he said. 

He said the tax rate has not changed.

With the “pay as you go” funding option for construction projects, next year should have $24.5 million for that purpose. 

In other news

The Horry County Board of Education named Robert Homer the new principal at Seaside Elementary School beginning the 2019-2020 school year. Homer is currently the principal at River Oaks Elementary School. He will transfer from River Oaks Elementary to Seaside Elementary effective July 1.

Walter Nichols, a custodial supervisor at Ten Oaks Middle School, was named the HCS Support Staff member of the Year. Walter has been employed with HCS for eight years.

Contact Charles D. Perry at 843-488-7236

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