The school district has two major funds:
1. Operating Funds
2. Capital Funds
Operating funds are used to support the day-to-day activities of the school district. This includes the payment of salaries and benefits, utilities, student transportation, and supplies and services.
Capital funds are used to repair and maintain buildings and purchase equipment and furniture. These funds are restricted by statute for specific purposes of construction, renovation, repair, technology, furnishings and equipment.
Additional budget information here.
How has the $9,760,005 that is available to the district been allocated?
The most succinct and clear presentation of the projected breakdown was provided on May 13, 2019. It detailed the following anticipated additional expenditures:
(1) teacher compensation: professional growth column movement at $500,000;
(2) teacher compensation: additional employees purchasing health insurance with a district match expense of $675,154;
(3) buses: contractually obligated additional increases to transportation $346,576;
(4) electricity: contractually obligated utility rate increases $1,209,674;
(5) resources: increased expenditures for supplies and services $1,484,519; and
(6) teacher workload: 28.44 additional full-time employee positions $1,673,450.
The additional staff includes:
- 13.75 new special education staff positions,
- two additional social workers (helping the district move towards having a full time social worker for each building),
- shifting 9.4 Title I employees into operational funds in order to cover the loss of $1 million dollars in Title I funding this year,
- adding a Project Finish program coordinator, fine arts curriculum coordinators, and additional preschool care providers.
(Part of the loss of Title I funding was offset by $680,000 in cuts to upper-level administration, including eliminating an assistant superintendent position for the 2019-20 school and reducing two additional cabinet-level positions for the 2020-21 school year.)