Summit Schools’ budget up for review today |

Summit Schools’ budget up for review today

Janice Kurbjun
Summit Daily News

Despite state cuts totaling $227.5 million, the Summit School District budget doesn’t see large deficits as it comes before the Board of Education for approval today.

The board’s regular meeting is slated for 4 p.m. at the central office in Frisco. A work session with the administrative team begins at 1:30 p.m. in the same location.

With the funded student count remaining flat next year and state budget cuts coming down the pipeline, the county-approved mill levy helps protect the district from significant cuts – instead, the freeze on teacher wages is being lifted and certain programs are seeing continued or enhanced funding.

According to a memo to the board, the general fund has a projected loss of $140,394.

The Capital Reserve Fund is supporting the purchase of three buses according to the bus rotation, as well as technology replacement. The Food Service Fund looks to be self-supporting again in 2011-12.

The 2007 mill levy for special building, maintenance and technology has expired, and the fund was removed from the 2011-12 budget.

The proposed budget is available for public review and posted on the district’s website. A public hearing is slated for June 14 for public comment and to discuss the budget.

Also at the meeting, board members plan to:

• Consider naming a new Dillon Valley Elementary School garden after Dr. Gayle Jones-Westerberg, the school’s retiring principal. The garden would be called “Gayle’s Garden.”

• Approve calendars for the 2011-12 and 2012-13 school years, adjusted to accommodate staff negotiations that allow elementary students to start on Aug. 23 instead of Aug. 22, and an extra day of winter break for elementary students to provide plan time for teachers.

• Review the first reading of changes to the nondiscrimination/equal opportunity policy that would ensure it’s in compliance with applicable laws, including those monitored by the Office of Civil Rights.

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