The Fayette County Board of Education approved a $305-million tentative budget for 2010-11 Monday night, providing a 3.85-percent salary boost for teachers and support staff.
Board members also agreed to slash two non-instructional days for staff development and records in the coming school year. That reduction in turn will allow the district to provide a full 177 days of instruction for Fayette County students in 2010-11, regardless of what the General Assembly decides about the length of the school year.
The General Assembly, which started a special legislative session on the state budget Monday, has considered either cutting two instructional days next school year or requiring local school districts to pick up the cost of one of them, as ways to help balance the budget.
Lawmakers failed to approve a budget in this winter's regular session, and Kentucky school districts face financial uncertainties until a budget is adopted.
Fayette schools officials noted Monday night the district's tentative budget for next year is based on the possibility of a 5.4 percent cut in the Support Education Excellence in Kentucky funding formula that supports public schools.
The actual amount of reduction won't be known until the budget is adopted.