School Board Discusses 2018-19 Capital and Operating Budget Priorities

The Orange County School Board discussed changes in the 2018-19 Operating and Capital Budgets in a work session Thursday, June 7, 2018. As the district moves toward a proposed tentative budget for 2018-19 school year, schools and departments are expected to maintain the current level of service. The superintendent will finalize the budget for 2018-19 with a public hearing in late July. That is when the school board will vote on the tentative budget.

The proposed $1.04B capital plan includes the opening of ten new schools in the next five years: two high schools (H), one middle school (M), one K-8 and six elementary schools (E), as well as 15 comprehensive renovations. See the plans below:

Capital Budget for 2018-19

2018       Audubon Park School (K-8)
2019       37-M-SW-4 (Horizon West/Lakeside Village)
2019       25-E-SW-4  (Horizon West/Lakeside Village)
2019       49-E-W-4 (Horizon West/Village H South)
2020       20-E-SW-4 (S International Drive area)
2020       85-E-W-4 (Horizon West/Village of Bridgewater)
2020       83-E-SE-2 (SE Orlando/Lee Vista)
2022       80-H-SW-4 (Dr. Phillips area)
2022       30-E-SE-3 (Meadow Woods/Boggy Creek area)
2022       113-H-W-4 (Horizon West/Village F)

The draft plan includes the following 15 comprehensive renovations:

  • Southwest MS
  • Lake George ES
  • Magnolia School (ESE campus consolidation)
  • Sunrise ES
  • Lake Gem ES
  • Deerwood ES
  • Rolling Hills ES
  • Winegard ES
  • Pinar ES
  • Meadow Woods MS
  • Orange Technical College – four campuses
  • Acceleration Academy West

The capital budget plan also includes funds for digital curriculum expansion, replacement school buses, portable moves and leasing, charter schools, painting and playground sunshades for elementary school “tot lots.”

The Operating Budget priorities include:

  • Compensation to employees
  • Increased SRO coverage
  • Increased mental health services
  • Preserve academic programs
  • Retain highly-qualified teachers
  • Protect arts, athletics, and student activities

Click here to view the PowerPoint presentation.

The proposed budget will move to a public hearing during the school board meeting on Tuesday, July 31, 2018.


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