The budget is a
"We will have to do that next year after we issue the bonds," said
No one spoke during the public hearing period before the board meeting.
The budget includes 23 new positions. Included in the operations budget are 16 new teaching and two technical staff positions, two fine arts teaching assistant positions, three technology coaches, a step increase for teachers and more money for more substitute teachers.
The lone substantive change from what the district presented in May is an increase for technology. The district budgeted
"We have determined that we need to hit another 720 units," Love said.
Love said the district "just miscounted" how many units it would need, but the operations budget won't increase as a result since state funds for technology improvements and IT budgeted money will join income from trading in existing units to cover the difference.
The trade-ins also will "put all the instruction folks on the same platform," Love said. The state technology upgrade money was a last-minute addition to its budget approved by Gov.
"It was sort of a windfall for us," said Superintendent
State law dictates the operations increase for the coming school year won't be paid by owner-occupied home taxes.
"It will affect businesses, second homes and rentals, those sorts of things," Sosne said.
Under this tax increase, businesses assessed at a rate of 6 percent, which includes most retail businesses and the owners of second homes, would pay
Raising debt service millage next year will impact homeowners.
The school board also approved a resolution starting the process to sell bonds, which voters approved in March. The bonds will pay for new schools, renovations, athletic field surfaces and a new aquatic center.
"It simply allows us to advertise for the sale of the bond in July or August," Love said.
Love is hopeful the district can put the bonds up for sale soon.
"If interest rates stay where they are, it looks like things could be a little better than we talked about at bond time," he said.
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