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2015-2016 General Fund Budget Expenditures
2015-2016 Final General Fund Budget
> Personnel costs for administration, faculty & support staff represent 64% of total annual budgeted expenditures. The District’s annual personnel costs are dictated by various collective bargaining agreements and compensation plans. At this time, the District is currently negotiating with the Pine-Richland Education Support Professionals Association (PRESPA).
Employer Benefit Costs
> Premium costs through the Allegheny County Schools Health Insurance Consortium (ACSHIC) will increase by 2.75% for covered employees. Overall group health insurance expenditures for the District are budgeted to increase by $161,025 from the 2014-2015 budget for current employees. Employee contributions for healthcare are based on respective compensation plans and collective bargaining agreements currently in effect.
> Currently, Pine-Richland School District utilizes contracted services within the general operating budget for transportation, copiers/print management and substitute staffing. These three contractual agreements combined represent approximately $5.2 million of the District’s overall expenditures.
> Vocational tuition expenditures to A.W. Beattie Career Center for the operating budget are projected to decrease by $26,008 from the current year allocation. The District is required to fund a five-year average of enrollments in the vocational program, as well as general operating costs and a proportional share of debt for the renovations completed a few years ago to the Career Center facility.
> The District is required by law to pay tuition costs for resident students to attend cyber/charter schools. Since 2007-2008, the District’s expenditures for cyber/charter school tuition have more than tripled. Projections for 2015-2016 show an outlay of $615,290. During the 2014-2015 fiscal year, the District paid $9,326.15 for each regular education student and $20,901.66 for each special education student enrolled in cyber/charter schools.
*Budgeted figures are included in the chart above for 2014-2015 and 2015-2016. All other amounts are based on actual.
> Included in the detailed supporting budget schedules is a listing of planned capital repairs and replacements to equipment, infrastructure and facilities. The total of these capital items is equal to $1,421,675 and will be drawn from assigned fund balance.
o Special education reserve has been included if the District population of special needs students increases beyond expectations. Additional staff or services may be warranted based on the circumstances.
o The District also estimates staffing costs for potential class size reduction or scheduling implications. All efforts are made to budget for staffing needs based on enrollment projections; however actual student enrollment for the following school year may vary.
o Contingency estimates are included for emergencies which may occur at a District facility such as water damage, smoke or fire damage or any other significant unforeseen repair or replacement.