Emporia School Board moves closer to finalizing budget Featured

Emporia School Board members hear an update on the district's needs assessment from HTK Architects Wednesday. Emporia School Board members hear an update on the district's needs assessment from HTK Architects Wednesday. Photo by Brandon Peoples/KVOE News

The Emporia School Board is a step closer to having its budget finalized.


On Wednesday board members approved a notice of hearing publication of the 2018-19 budget, which will go into this Saturday's Emporia Gazette. The budget hearing will take place at the Aug. 22 meeting.

Assistant Superintendent of Business Rob Scheib presented the budget which includes a total fund budget authority slightly over $31.3 million. The amount of 2018 tax to be levied includes $3.4 million from the general fund, $3.1 million from the local option budget, $1.5 million from capital outlay and $1.7 million from bond and interest as well as $96,000 from adult education. The general fund is less than $1 million below where the district was a decade ago and Scheib told board members the district should surpass that level of funding next year.

The estimated mill levy is set at 53.863 mills. Some of the changes in revenue in the budget include the Kansas Preschool Program grant of $164,150, the increase of the Mobilizing Literacy grant to just over $158,000 with an additional $32,000 in one-time money. The district also received the safety and security state grant totaling $84,500.

In other business, the board voted to adopt an application process to fill the vacant board seat for the remainder of the term which expires in January 2020. The board will publish the vacancy and eventually begin interviewing candidates. On the needs assessment update, HTK Architects informed the board it plans to submit a draft report Friday on recommendations moving forward with a final report due Aug. 24. Four firms are also being interviewed Friday for the Construction Manager At-Risk with a recommendation expected at the Aug. 22 meeting.

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