A week after the Superintendent’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2018 was presented, the Hanover County School Board held a public hearing to gain community input on how funds should be allocated in the following year.
The proposed budget for the 2018 fiscal yeara included a 2 percent salary increase for all employees effective July 1. Six new positions were also added to the school system, including a School Safety Coordinator, as part of the proposed budget.
Hanover County Public Schools will implement a five-year technology plan which would provide laptops for all teachers, and fully replace technology infrastructure at all buildings.
About 10 people came forward to speak in favor of the proposed budget.
Lee-Davis High School student Gabriel Worthington told the Board that he fully supported the allocation of funds to renovate his high school’s auditorium. As a member of Lee-Davis’ theater program, Worthington has witnessed firsthand the need for upgraded lighting equipment and auditorium.
The proposed budget included auditorium renovations for both Lee-Davis High School and Patrick Henry High School. According to Superintendent Dr. Michael Gill, $1.2 million is already set to go towards these renovations. Renovations could begin as early as July of 2018.
The project is expected to total $3.5 million for full renovations to both auditoriums, which has already been taken into account for the following fiscal year. This figure includes $2.3 million needed for renovations to both auditoriums after the initial $1.2 million in 2018.
The School Board will officially vote on the proposed budget at their Feb. 14 meeting. The budget will then be presented to the Board of Supervisors Feb. 15.