District Agrees on $150M Budget
The William S. Hart Union High School District board has adopted a 2005-06 fiscal budget totaling about $150.2 million — without the security of knowing how much of it will be underwritten by the state. . .
The school district’s budget will be revised after the Legislature adopts a state budget that is already past due.
“The Legislature can’t agree with (the governor) or one another, (but) all districts are required to adopt a budget by July 1 without it,” said Rory Livingston, assistant superintendent of business services for the Hart district. “A lot of districts (shift to) automatic pilot before we look at what the (state) budget’s going to be.”
The district estimates the state will contribute about $143.5 million, which includes a 4.23 percent cost-of-living increase proposed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
The new Hart district budget, adopted Wednesday night, reflects an increase from last school year’s actual budget, which totaled $139 million.
Despite an estimated district income of $149.9 million, spending in the neighborhood of $150.2 million could trigger the need to tap about $335,000 remaining from last school year’s budget to balance the 2005-06 school year’s budget.
Livingston said a “big issue” is the governor’s proposal for the district to absorb the cost of contributions for retiring teachers, which could amount to $1.5 million. He noted the state is shifting some of its normal expenditures onto the district.
The Hart district comprises six junior high schools, six comprehensive high schools and three alternative schools.
An influx of 790 additional students is expected to enroll in the district’s schools next year, a 5.9 percent increase. The total student body is expected to be about 20,684. Based on promotions from the primary schools, 1,400 and 1,500 students are expected to enter Hart district schools in the following two years.
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