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2018-2019 Proposed Budget Highlights
Stay informed on the 2018-2019 Proposed Budget Highlights.
Posted on 06/01/2018
2018-2019 Budget Highlights

Below are the 2018-2019 Proposed Budget Highlights, as presented to the School Board during a work session on May 22, 2018.
  • The proposed general fund budget is balanced.
  • The fund balance is on track to exceed School Board policy. (Our School Board policy states that the district will have a reserve of at least 6% of expenses).
  • Uncertainty at the legislature (such as new unfunded mandates, safe schools revenue, and special education aid) means that we could not plan for potential revenue or expenditures in these areas.
  • A priority for the proposed budget was to maintain class sizes at the School Board target (see graph below). With this budget, 369 sections of Kindergarten through 5th graders out of 383 total sections are at or below School Board target.
  • The district budgeted for ten additional teaching positions in the event that summer enrollment increases.
  • Enhancements the district proposes in this budget are: adding a full-time paraprofessional trainer to help train and guide our 550 FTE (Full Time Equivalent) paraprofessionals, and adding a fifth school liaison police officer. It is important to note that this has not been approved with the city of Rochester yet. Our goal is to have this position in place by the start of the 2018-2019 school year.
  • Grants are factored into the proposed budget. Grants help fund exceptional support programs such as Dreamline, LEAP, 21st Century, Right Fit, and Support Our Students. 
  • The proposed budget reduces spending by $845,000 district-wide and another $696,000 across all of the schools.
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