Public is a no-show at budget hearing
The school district's 2000-2001 budget didn't draw any protest, or praise, or people during a public hearing Monday night.
The hearing was attended only by school officials who were there for the board meeting following the budget hearing. Board members unanimously approved the budget 4-0 during the board meeting. Curtis Trarbach, Linda Rogers and Chris Ogle did not attend the meeting.
The $6.4 million general fund budget is based on 1,285 students an increase of 24 students from last year. The 1999-2000 general fund budget was about $6.2 million. The increase to the general fund budget can be attributed to an anticipated increase in students and increased property valuation in the district.
Supt. James White said the district may not have anticipated enough of a student increase. The district anticipated 330 students at Baldwin Junior High School 347 have enrolled. More students than expected enrolled at Baldwin High School, as well.
"We didn't need to be any stronger at BJHS," said White, of the school that is in need of additional classroom space. "The increase is fairly significant. That was one of the buildings we were already stressed in."
The district receives $3,820 per student from the state for its general fund budget, an increase of $50 per student from the 1999-2000 school year. The district's state funding is based on the weighed number of students enrolled on Sept. 20 of each year.
A state-mandated tax rate of 20 mills will be required for the 2000-2001 general fund budget, the same levy as in 1999-2000. A mill is $1 in property taxes for every $1,000 in assessed valuation. Property valuation within the district increased nearly $4 million, from $32.3 million in the 1999-2000 budget to nearly $36.3 million for 2000-2001.
The district's local option budget will generate just over $1 million to fund technology purchases, facility additions and improvements, increases to teacher and staff salaries, maintenance of the charter school, and band instrument purchases.
The local option budget is used by Kansas school districts as a supplement to their general funds.
The district increased its 2000-2001 LOB to 17 percent of the general fund budget, just under the state average. The state average of 12 percent was levied in the 1999-2000 budget.
The district has the authority to increase the LOB to the state maximum of 25 percent of the general fund.