District Budget Vote FAQs
When is the district budget vote?
The district budget meeting is this Tuesday night May 15 at 7 p.m. in the KES gym. Childcare will be provided.
What happens during the district budget meeting?
At this meeting, the voters are asked to vote on each of the eleven warrant articles that make-up the budget. These warrant articles are designated by the state. Each warrant article represents a portion of the budget. Examples include “Regular Instruction”, “Facilities”, and “Debt Service”.
Can the voters increase the budget?
No. The voters can only decrease the dollar amount in each area. The amount approved that night is the amount that will be voted on June 12th.
What if this amount is lower than what the school board proposed in a specific warrant article?
If voters decrease the budget on May 15 and the reduced budget is approved at the Budget Validation Referendum June 12th then administration will need to find the reductions. For example, the four School Resource Officers (SROs) are in the Facilities area. If the voters approve $100,000 less in that particular area, the RSU would then figure out what to reduce within that area. It could be SROs or it could be staff or planned maintenance projects.
What happens if we adjorn the meeting without a budget?
We will need to revise the budget and try to get another district budget vote before May 28th to be included on the June 12th ballot. If we can not approve a budget by May 28th, we will need to call a separate, later, referendum.
What happens if we are unable to pass a budget by the end of the fiscal year?
According to state law, Title 20A section 1487, if the voters do not approve the budget submitted for validation on Tuesday, June 12, 2018, the School Board must hold additional District Budget Meetings and Budget Validation Referendums until a budget is finally approved by the voters. If the voters do not approve a budget before the beginning of the fiscal year, July 1, 2018, the budget approved at the latest District Budget Meeting is automatically considered the budget for the ensuing year until the voters approve a budget at a Budget Validation Referendum. Basically, if we do not have a budget on July 1st, we revert to this year's budget. Due to contract obligations, the bond payments, and mostly fixed costs, this year's budget is $2.3 million less than the proposed budget. While we know the community would rally and we would eventually pass a budget, we would need to begin planning for $2.3 million in reductions.
What kinds of reductions would we need to make to get to this year’s budget amount?
We are legally mandated to pay principle and interest on bonds, our employee contracts, and what the state defines as Essential Programs and Services (EPS). We will likely need to look for reductions that are outsicde of EPS, including all sports and extra-curricular activities, full-day kindergarten, pre-K, busing 9-12, food services 9-12, Advanced Placement, IB, elementary world languages. Even with these areas reduced, we will need to lay off teachers and increase class size. While we trust this community would rally to save our schools, we would need to issue pink slips to teachers and coaches on July 1st as we are required to give adequate notice of potential termination of employment.