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PUSD to consider plan to increase enrollment

PRESCOTT – A proposed $35,000 marketing budget to increase enrollment is among matters the Prescott Unified School District Governing Board will consider during its study session, which begins at 6 p.m. on Tuesday at 146 S. Granite St.

This past school year, the board used rental fees for use of district property to hire a marketing company and a design firm for a $35,000 campaign to combat charter school competition. That competition and Prescott's lack of affordable family housing have eroded enrollment over the past several years. However, early student counts this year have shown a slight increase over a year ago.

Supt. Kevin J. Kapp's proposal for the 2002-03 school year asks each of the district's eight schools to pay for a share of the budget according to its student count. Money would come from extended-day kindergarten fees, tax credits, civic funds and/or other auxiliary accounts.

Abbie Roses and Mary Jo Kirk, who won this past year's marketing contract, will present a summary of completed projects and those they propose for 2002-03.

Other discussion items on the agenda include:

• Protocol and timeline for hiring a successor to Prescott High School Principal Tim Carter, who is retiring at the end of this school year.

• Update on middle school bus stop waiting time.

• Changing the Sept. 10 voting session meeting time.

• Governing board goals for 2002-03.

• A 20 percent "buy-out" program for qualifying employees who wish to retire/resign at the end of this school year. Replacing them with newer workers could create additional revenue for the 2003-04 maintenance and operations budget.

• Agreement for PUSD students, their parent/guardian and staff to sign regarding appropriate use of electronic information services.

• Several presentations and "housekeeping" items.

Contact Louise Koniarski at lkoniarski@prescottaz.com.

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