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Humboldt School District approves FY2019-20 budget
Loss of 174 students last year impacts revenue

A decrease in the Average Daily Membership (ADM) numbers this past school year puts the Humboldt Unified School District (HUSD) in the same boat as other districts in Yavapai County — having to reduce its next year’s budget.

Working with a diminishing budget is an annual challenge for school districts, and Humboldt has made some changes to offset declining enrollment numbers and rising health insurance costs. It recently switched health insurance carriers and has made plans to consolidate bus routes in efforts to cut costs.

HUSD Finance Director Cynthia Windham presented the Fiscal Year 2019-20, $35,292,511 proposed budget to the board Tuesday, June 25; districts are required to propose their budgets to the state by July 5.

A decrease in ADM representing a loss of 174 students this past school year required the district to revise down its FY 2018-19 budget. The coming year’s budget is based on the final 100-day count of 5,321 students.

The state did provide a 2% inflation on its base level support, bringing that to $4,202 per student, Windham said.

The increase in minimum wage impacted some classified staff, and the district had revised its Classified Job Level Placement Schedule in May 2018 to reflect the change. This provided all staff with an increase by either advancing them to new levels or applied a longevity increase, or, in many cases, both. The same method will provide for staff this coming year as minimum wage reaches $12 per hour.

The district has calculated a 5% increase for certified teaching staff as a result of the 20% created by the state’s 2020 legislation. Professional staff will receive an increase of 5%, and administrative staff a 2% increase. Windham said the district will issue addendum contracts in July.

In order to fund salary increases for professional staff and administration, the district is transferring $927,258 from its capital budget to its Maintenance and Operation budget. Windham estimates the district will receive about $244,600 in Proposition 123 funds that the district is applying to its capital District Additional Assistance funds.

At the June 25 Special Session, the board also:

• Accepted $18,315 from the Jewish Community Foundation for a Sensory Walk at Lake Valley Elementary School.

• Approved a contract with Diesel Direct West, Inc., for the district’s fleet fuel card system.

Follow Sue Tone on Twitter @ToneNotes. Reach her at stone@prescottaz.com or 928-445-3333, ext. 2043.

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