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PUSD to mull M&O budget, issuing RIF letters today

The Prescott Unified School District Governing Board at its meeting Tuesday, May 15, will consider approving the maintenance and operations budget for 2012-13 as well as issuing reduction in force letters to designated teachers and staff as part of budget cuts approved at last week's meeting.

The public is welcome to attend the meeting, which begins at 5 p.m. in the district office boardroom, 146 S. Granite St. in Prescott.

School principals and directors submit their supplies and services requests to the board each year as part of the maintenance and operations budgeting process, said Renee Raskin, chief financial officer for the district.

The requests are limited by the per-student-dollar allocation of $37.45 per elementary student, $66.60 per middle school student, and $81 per high school student, Raskin said.

The board must authorize RIF letters to designated teachers and other certified staff as well as designated classified and other support staff whose positions were cut as part of the budget reduction process for the 2012-13 school year, said Joe Howard, assistant superintendent.

The reduction in force is an unfortunate event for the district, but necessary because of the financial crisis in Arizona, Howard said.

The board members also will consider approving the uses of Proposition 301 lower-40 classroom site money for fiscal year 2011-12.

Proposition 301 money is divided into three funds: the upper 20 percent is applied to the teachers' salary schedule; the middle 40 percent is dedicated to teachers' performance pay; and the lower 40 percent is used by the principals at each school within the parameters of Prop. 301, Raskin said.

The lower-40 classroom site money was not distributed in December because of the decrease in state funding to about $120 per weighted student count according to the Joint Legislative Budget Committee, Raskin said.

Now that JLBC estimated the amount for 2011-12 to be again $227 per weighted student count for 2011-12, the district recommends distributing checks at a flat rate of $250 to eligible staff in December as has been done in the past, Raskin said.

In other business today, the board will consider approving:

• Contracts and agreements to eligible school district staff for the 2012-13 school year. PUSD traditionally issues contracts and agreements to district staff by the final day of school, Howard said.