Winchester School Board cuts $1.8 million from FY21 budget
Winchester Public Schools‘ fiscal year 2021 budget was cut by $1,830,272 this week. Winchester School Board members voted to reduce the budget due to financial impacts of COVID-19.
The district’s $93,130,436 budget for FY21 was approved unanimously by the board in March, prior to realizing the economic impact of the pandemic.
Winchester Public Schools will now receive $825,045 less than anticipated in state revenue and $1,005,227 less from the City of Winchester.
Items in the original budget had to be nixed to achieve a reduction. Items that were cut include:
- $106,824 for utilities, custodial staff and maintenance staff for the Shihadeh Innovation Center;
- $894,003 for a two percent cost of living increase for all employees;
- $275,571 for a one percent cost to compete for teachers;
- $40,000 for field trips; and
- $100,000 for after-school programs.
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