Budget talks continue as Auburn school board analyzes numbers

2013-02-27T03:05:00Z Budget talks continue as Auburn school board analyzes numbersKelsey Durham The Citizen Auburn Citizen
February 27, 2013 3:05 am  • 

AUBURN | Auburn Enlarged City School District board members met Tuesday, continuing to look at each aspect of the state budget proposal for the 2013-14 school year.

Business manager Lisa Green broke down the preliminary budget for the district's instructional department, which includes staff, supplies and technology. Though there were budget cuts proposed in some of these categories, the district was able to maintain some of the higher priorities, such as the number of teachers.

"We worked out this budget for next year with the same number of teachers that we currently have, so we have no planned changes in the number of staff members," Green said.

One major component discussed Tuesday, that has been a high priority among much of the community, was athletics. The proposed budget showed an overall decrease of just under $4,000 for sports programs, but the district does project a slight increase in coaches' salaries. There was, however, no money allotted for supplies, putting all of the financial responsibility on boosters to fund-raise if any new equipment is needed next year.

The board also looked at the proposed figures for health and physical education, much of which remain the same, with only a slight decrease in supply funding for health services.

One aspect of the budget that did see a significant increase is the funding set aside for summer school. The budget for these expenses is almost double the 2012-13 number, allowing the district to add more buses for additional transportation routes for summer school students.

Green stressed to board members that the numbers presented are  preliminary and are still being fine tuned, and that they won't be able to solidify anything until the state budget is approved. The school board agreed on Tuesday to schedule another public budget forum, much like the one held on Feb. 5, to give parents and stakeholders a chance to communicate with officials.

"We want to get the parents to the meeting and hear feedback about their priorities," said board president Karol Soules.

The forum will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 19, at Genesee Elementary School. There is also a legislative breakfast scheduled for 8 a.m. Saturday, March 9, at Westhill High School.

Staff writer Kelsey Durham can be reached at 282-2237 or Follow her on Twitter at CitizenDurham.

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