Growing enrolling is a continuing concern for the West Chester School Board. Part one of their three-year series of tax hikes was recently passed to fulfill a $253 million budget for the 2018-2019 school year.
In order to meet this budget, residents on the Chester County side of the school district will pay an additional 3.2%, and residents on the Delware County side will pay an additional 5.1%. This works out to an average increase of $127 and $265, respectively. These numbers will vary wildly depending on your home’s assessed value, though.
The budget cites a $9.9 million increase in expenses, specifically mentioning:
- State-mandated pension costs of $1.9 million
- Special education costs of $1.8 million
- Charter school tuitions increased $600,000
- Mental health and alternative education expenses increase $900,000
The current roster includes 1,400 employees, and the new budget calls for 5 new teachers and $1 million in staffing expenses dedicated to a new elementary school opening in 2020.
Over the next four years, the West Chester School Board anticipates needing an additional $3.3 million for staffing due to the increased enrollment.
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