As of Tuesday, August 7, 2018
GRANGEVILLE Mountain View School District 244’s board of trustees voted unanimously at their regular June 18 meeting to accept a 2018-19 proposed budget of $20,275,266, which includes all funds.
The budget includes the general maintenance and operation (M&O) fund ($13,225,221) along with all other funds ($7,050,045) as was listed in a June issue of the Free Press under “notices.” The 2017-18 budget for all funds was approximately $22 million.
Most of the funds within the budget are earmarked for specific programs; about $6 million of the total budget are “local decision” dollars.
Business manager Becky Hogg explained that 23 percent of the M&O budget is financed by the levy. The levy amount this year, which passed at a 52 percent approval rate, is $3,090,048, an increase of just more than $400,000 from the prior year.
The 2018-19 transfer from the Federal Forest Reserve Fund is budgeted at $600,000, a decrease of $475,000 from the prior year.
“The funds that came in from Craig Wyden Secure Rural were a surprise and very last minute,” Hogg explained.
The M&O budget reflects an overall 2.11 percent increase from last year and this coming year includes $20,000 for the school lunch program, down $8,000 from the prior year. Fee increases for extracurricular activities in junior high and high school were approved at the July meeting.
A detailed version of the budget can be viewed at the district office or on-line at www.sd244.org. E-mail Hogg with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.