The Parker Unified School District Board has given tentative approval to a budget of $16,764,039 for the 2019-20 fiscal year. A breakdown of the budget shows where that money will go.
The biggest part of the budget is $12.8 million for Maintenance & Operations. Assistant Superintendent Brad Sale said the M&O budget is $222,759 higher than it was for the last fiscal year. At a budget meeting/work session June 18, he said this amount was increased despite the district having lower enrollment.
Regular education is covered in the M&O budget, and it comes to $10.6 million. The largest expense is for teachers at $5.2 million. The following are the major expenses from the M&O budget for regular education:
Instructors (79 teachers): $5.2 million
Operation and maintenance of plant: $2.1 million
School administration: $1.06 million
Central services: $657,000
Student support services: $608,500
General Administration: $398,500
School-sponsored athletics: $227,000
Special Education is also covered in the M&O budget. The budget is $1.78 million, with $932,500 for 22 teachers. Student Support Services comes to $701,000.
There are two other large expenditures covered in the M&O budget:
Pupil transportation: $414,000
K-3 reading program: $74,969
Another major fund is Unrestricted Capital Outlay. These are funds from the budget override passed by voters a few years ago. The total comes to $1.74 million. The following are major expenses from the UCO fund:
Library books, textbooks, instructional aids: $350,000
Property (furniture, vehicles, equipment and tech hardware and software: $350,000
Student and instructional staff support: $350,000
Operation and maintenance of plant: $280,000
Facilities acquisition and construction: $223,782
Student Transportation: $175,000
Food services are in a separate fund and are budgeted at $1.1 million.
As for revenues, the major source is Federal Projects, including $8 million in Impact Aid due to the presence of the Colorado River Indian Reservation in the district. Impact Aid is the reason the Parker School District does not have a primary property tax.
Here are some of the major Federal Projects funds:
Impact Aid: $8 million
ESEA Title 1- Helping Disadvantaged Children: $850,000
IDEA Part B: $800,000
ESEA Title VII- Indian Education: $180,000
State projects include $20,000 for vocational education.
The new fiscal year begins July 1. The new school year starts Wednesday, July 31.