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Mon, Sept. 23

Prescott School Board meeting focuses on budget

PRESCOTT - The Prescott Unified School District Governing Board meets at 5:30 p.m. tonight to deal mostly with budget issues in the district office boardroom, located at 146 S. Granite St.

The governing board will begin the meeting with a voting session, which will include the district's fiscal year 2008-09 budget. The board also will consider the unrestricted capital and school plant budgets for the fiscal year.

The governing board will adjourn after the voting session and reconvene into a study/voting session.

The board will consider a number of certified and classified personnel items, including new employees, resignations, new substitute teachers and new volunteers.

Finance Officer Renee Raskin will ask the board to consider adopting the fiscal year 2008-09 budget even though the district has not received the budget forms from the state.

The deadline to approve a proposed expenditure budget is no later than July 15, but at least 10 days before a board meeting to adopt the proposed expenditure budget.

The governing board will review the Utilities Plan for the fiscal year 2008-09.

Arizona school districts must submit a utilities plan to the Arizona Department of Education by July 18.

Part of Proposition 301, which voters approved in November 2006, repealed the law after fiscal year 2008-09 that allowed districts to budget for excess utilities. Although PUSD never participated in excess utilities, the law requires it to submit the plan for 2008-09.

Superintendent Kevin Kapp will submit a request from Northpoint Expeditionary Learning Academy to buy $48,768.86 worth of additional computers and supplies for additional student enrollment.

Northpoint officials are also asking the board to approve out-of-state travel for students Aug. 25-29 to Kings Canyon/Sequoia National Park in California.

Kapp also is submitting a request from the Northpoint Site Council that the district designate Northpoint as a magnet school.

Board agenda backup material defines a magnet school as a school that places special emphasis on a particular schooling approach or field, such as science or the arts, designed to attract students from elsewhere in the school district.

The reasons listed to designate Northpoint at a magnet school include:

• The designation forces student applicants to evaluate the purpose of the school, identify what distinguishes Northpoint from other public schools and helps individuals recognize where they best belong.

• The designation clarifies the purpose of Northpoint, making it easier to compete for grants, and helps outsiders distinguish the program's uniqueness.

• The designation more publicly recognizes the Prescott Unified School District for creating such a school and in turn, helps with marketing and recruiting both locally and out of district.

The PUSD governing board meeting is open to the public.

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