House Lawmakers Approve Proposed Budget, Expand Bonus Leave To School Personnel
Elizabeth Yelverton | NCASA Legal Affairs & Policy Manager
Members of the North Carolina House of Representatives voted to approve their overall House Budget proposal last Friday afternoon, after hours of discussion and voting on various budget amendments. The North Carolina Association of School Administrators (NCASA) worked with lawmakers to introduce a successful amendment expanding a special bonus leave provision to non-certified school personnel and central office workers, who were previously excluded in prior versions of the proposed budget. The amendment, which was unanimously approved on the House floor, provides “a one-time additional five days of annual leave credited on July 1, 2019” to all full-time permanent employees of the State, a community college, or a local board of education, except for employees paid on the teacher or principal salary schedule. NCASA would like to thank the amendment sponsor, Rep. Josh Dobson (R-McDowell), for his leadership in advocating for these additional employees to receive the special bonus leave.
The House budget will now be sent to the Senate, where significant changes are expected. NCASA has been informed that Senate leaders hope to have their budget proposal unveiled by the third week in May and completed before Memorial Day on Monday, May 27. While the Senate is likely to retain many provisions currently in the House budget proposal, Senate lawmakers are expected to change various proposed appropriations, as well as incorporate their own spending and policy provisions. As with the House budget, NCASA will be closely following Senate budget developments and will provide members with helpful resources and updates. Members can click on the links below to access House budget resources prepared by the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) and legislative staff:
- Approved House Budget
- Money Report (5/1/19)
- DPI Proposed Budgets Comparison
- DPI House Budget Summary