Board to revisit budget

By Bryan Richardson

The USD 383 school board will receive updated budget information in the aftermath of the end of the state legislative session Wednesday. The meeting starts at 5:45 p.m. with a salary and wage analysis work session.

Based on information provided at a May 2 school board meeting, USD 383 will need nearly $1.3 million in additional money for the 2012-13 school year if all of the administration requests are granted by the school board.

The district will receive about $58 per pupil more in base state aid, from $3,780 this year to $3,838 next school year.

Currently, the only confirmed increase for the next school year is $230,700 in new staffing. The district will hire three elementary school teachers, one special education early childhood teacher, one special education autism teacher, a nurse at Lee and Woodrow Wilson elementary schools, a principal’s assistant at Lee and Marlatt elementary schools, and a speech therapist.

Pending budget increases related to student enrollment and facility additions ($616,500), salaries and wages ($340,000), and other budget items including health insurance ($313,200) and transportation ($140,000) total $1,556,000.

The board will also discuss whether to approve a donation by the Manhattan High football program to pay for one assistant football coach at Eisenhower and Anthony middle schools and the placement of two pre-kindergarten classrooms in a mobile unit at Theodore Roosevelt.

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