The Sierra Vista Unified School District governing board meeting Tuesday opened with a 2019-2020 proposed budget presentation by Christine Stone of the district’s finance office.

The proposed budget needs to be submitted to the Arizona Department of Education by the end of June, with the final, adopted budget submitted mid-July, Stone said.

“Our capital and maintenance and operations budgets are formula driven by our ADM (average daily membership, or student count) numbers,” Stone said. “This year our instructions are to estimate our fiscal year 20 ADM rather than use any current or prior year data.”

The district used a 5% reduction in student count in order to simulate the district’s rate of declining enrollment, which reflects a drop of 200 students.

The district’s estimated Maintenance and Operations budget is right around $33,072,679 and the capital budget is around $1,727,107.

The proposed budget is down by $774,000 from last year, due to a drop in student enrollment.

Stone also noted that the district finance department continues to work on correcting inaccuracies in the budget from past years because of prior submissions with mistakes that had gone uncorrected.

There will be a budget hearing at the governing board meeting on July 9 where Stone will present the final 2019-2020 budget for board approval.

The governing board reviewed and adopted a second reading of policy revisions reached through the Meet and Confer process between professional staff and the district administrative team.

“I think that we owe a thank you to everyone for the work that went into Meet and Confer this year,” Board President Barbara Williams said. “There were things added in this that I remember wanting to see years ago. I think it was a very good process and there were no objections to any of the items that were presented.”

In remarks to the board, Superintendent Kelly Glass said she has been meeting with Carmichael Elementary School Principal Michelle Wamach and Sierra Vista Boys & Girls Club Chief Professional Officer Jay Hamwright about the possibility of building a B&G Club satellite program at Carmichael School.

“As you may know, we do not offer any after-school programing and the majority of the time our families from Carmichael do not bus their kids to the Boys & Girls Club or to Kids World at Bella Vista,” Glass said. “So a lot of times our kids are in the park or in the playground after school with no supervision.”

Glass said that she and Hamwright visited a satellite program at Casa Grande and are considering a similar program for Carmichael.

“I’m really excited because it will help establish some excellent opportunities for our kids after school,” she said.

The next regularly scheduled SVUSD meeting is 6 p.m. July 9 at the school district board room, 3555 E. Fry Blvd.


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