Superintendent Carvalho Releases Budget recommendations
Superintendent Alberto Carvalho released his budget recommendation for the school year ahead to the Miami-Dade County School Board. The total budget proposal is tentatively set at $4.83B and represents an increase of $330M over the 2014-15 School Board Budget, with much of the increase resulting from expanded Capital funding.
“The budget once again focuses resources on programs important to the community and sets aside resources to protect our workforce,” said Carvalho.
School Board Chair Perla Tabares Hantman added, “Responsible, restrained fiscal management is yielding some good results, including lower than expected health care cost increases.”
The budget protects taxpayers by lowering the millage by a quarter mill, reducing the taxes a typicalhomeowner will pay. The proposed budget expands support to Magnet and Choice Programs, Guidance Services, Exceptional Student Education services, and Bilingual Services. It increases spending for school safety/security by three percent over current levels.
Additionally, the budget:
• Expands high school schedules to an 8 period day at eight schools increasing the number of schools to 34
• Adds 16 new magnet programs and 30 new choice programs
• Enhances classroom technology
• Protects the economic viability of the school system, and
• Maintains innovative strategies to continue to curtail health insurance increases.
A First budget hearing is scheduled for July 29, 2015 with a final budget hearing on September 9, 2015.
The Superintendent’s budget message can been seen at dadeschools.net