The USD 383 school board will start “far in advance planning” for the 2014-15 budget during its meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Robinson Education Center.
Budget director Lew Faust said he would show a projection of next year’s budget authority to the school board, based on the approved state aid per pupil of $3,852 — along with projected enrollment.
He said the legislature passing a two-year budget during the 2013 session helps the school district’s preparations, although the state aid per pupil is subject to change.
“At least at this point, we have a figure passed in last year’s budget package, so we can begin planning ahead without having to wait for the legislature to finish,” he said.
Last year’s legislative session didn’t wrap up until early June.
The board also will vote on final approval of a revised policy that to allow employees with concealed carry permits to keep a firearm in their vehicle on school property.
The revised policy is a response to the state law passed last year that allows for people with concealed carry permits to bring their handguns into state and municipal buildings that don’t have adequate security measures.
School buildings aren’t required to allow concealed carry under the law, but prohibition doesn’t apply to an employee’s handgun that is secured out of plain sight in his or her vehicle.