Holleran: Enrollment key factor in budget development
Enrollment will be a “big determining factor” in how the Mathews County Public Schools’ budget takes shape, Superintendent of Schools Dr. David J. Holleran said during Tuesday night’s school board meeting.
The 2015-2016 budget process has just begun, and Holleran and the school board members were awaiting word from Richmond about the state’s expected contribution, which was scheduled to be announced yesterday.
Holleran said that he spoke recently with the state finance director, who expects to have spreadsheets prepared by either Friday or Monday indicating what each school division can expect from Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s proposed budget.
The major driver in the budget will be the enrollment figures, Holleran said during Tuesday’s meeting, which was held in the Mathews High School media center. He said that there are currently 108 high school seniors on track to graduate.
“It all depends on what we get in kindergarten to replace them,” he said. Those numbers haven’t been as big recently; the current year’s kindergarten enrollment is around 69 students, the superintendent added.
This year’s enrollment is stronger than expected, with 1,129 students as of Tuesday. The budget was based on an Average Daily Membership of 1,118 students. “That bodes well for us,” Holleran said.
By January, Holleran said, he should have some solid figures to present to the board. The first budget work session is scheduled for Jan. 20, with a public hearing on the budget to be held on March 10.
Earlier in the meeting, school board member Jen Little made a plea of the administration that the division develop a needs-based budget rather than one based on revenues. “I would like to see what that looks like for what our needs are,” she said.