Board begins budget work

The Grand Canyon School Board officially dug into the budget for next school year in a work session following their monthly meeting last week.

School Business Manager Lee Metheny presented preliminary numbers that showed estimated revenue of $3.83 million ­ about what they received last year with a small increase for inflation, he said.

The draft budget shows that without a raise, the obligation for salaries totaled $2.33 million. Metheny also presented numbers for a 3.2 percent raise that would add approximately $60,000 to the obligation.

"I only included the 3.2 percent increase scenario," he said. "The reason I chose that was that was what we used to have in the old salary schedule from years ago. Some of the teachers who have been here a while, they are very familiar with that. I don't know what other scenarios you would like to look at."

"Board member Chuck Wahler said they would like to start by knowing how much money is available for salaries, then apply different scenarios.

"I guess ideally what I would like is if we could get sort of your best voodoo guess on what our revenue's going to be next year and what's everything cost us," he said. "That number that's left, whatever it is, that's the number out there that's available for salaries."

He asked for options including percentage increases ranging from 1 to 3.5 percent and on flat rate increases in $500 and $1,000 increments.

"If we were back in the dark ages of abacus and pencil, I wouldn't dare ask you to do it 14 different ways," Wahler said.

In going over numbers for food service, Metheny suggested that it may be time to talk about increasing lunch prices from $2. Though the food program receives $77,000 in revenue, it is still being subsidized by the school's general fund.

"There is about $37,000 available after salaries and expenses of more than $46,000" he said. "That's if we don't get hit with any real inflation in what (Food Service Director) Matt (Yost) has to purchase."

Wahler also asked for some projected numbers on replacing the school's 15-year-old buses into the next year.

The next budget work session is on Thursday, March 29, at 4:30 p.m. in the school library.

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