The School Board has approved a $29.1-million budget for the coming school year that will rely on unspent funds from previous years to balance.
School District Finance Director Lisa Matthews Thursday night showed the School Board a graph charting district expenses and revenue for the last few years and explained that because the coming year’s shortfall will draw on leftover money from this year, the district won’t need to dip into reserves.
Matthews forecast increased revenues from a voter-approved levy last year, a tech levy also approved by voters and increased state allocations in the amount of $719,000 required by a court decision.
She said this coming year, the district will hire a new assistant principal, as well as a dedicated mental health professional to work mostly at the elementary school level. The district is also planning to hire a math coach to show teachers how to teach math using the new Common Core standards. And, she said, the tech levy has allowed hiring of technology coaches for teachers.