The Covington City School Board is looking at a preliminary budget of $11,967,990 for the 2021-2022 fiscal year.

The budget was discussed Tuesday during a work session.

Clerk Rebecca Irvine said the budget is based on Governor Ralph Northam’s state revenue projections released Dec. 16.

The $11,967,990 budget includes $11,454,057 for operations and $513,993 for the cafeteria fund.

The budget represents an increase of $319,729, or 2.7 percent over the current budget.

“Please note, that no COVID-19 Relief Funds are included in this preliminary budget,” Irvine said to the school board.

Other items that were highlighted Tuesday included revenue changes that include $124,734 in state funds and a $30,000 decrease in federal funding due to the termination of the GEAR-Up Virginia Grant.

Irvine also stated in her budget presentation that local and other sources of funding remain level.

Also stated in Irvine’s budget presentation was a one-time bonus payment of $82,034 for Covington City Public Schools employees.

This comes from the governor’s budget providing the state’s share of a one-time bonus payment 2 percent for funded Standards of Quality (SOQ) instructional and support positions.

“To receive these funds, school divisions must provide a minimum average of a 2 percent bonus or ‘equivalent action’ by Sept. 1,” Irvine said.

Salary scales were also discussed Tuesday, including a minimum of a 2 percent salary adjustment for all employees, effective July 1, and a 5 percent increase on health care premiums.

The preliminary budget will be further discussed at future dates to be determined based on the availability of the school board members.

The following item was also discussed Tuesday by the school board:

— Calendar of the 2021-2022 school year, with a start date of Aug. 18 (staff), Aug. 25 (students) and final day of June 9, 2022 — the calendar was not adopted Tuesday due to some calendar items that needed additional consideration.