Grandview School District budget grows by $1.9 million

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview School Board, on Aug. 22, will be asked to approve the 2005-06 operating budget for the district.

The school board will be looking at approving a $25.2 million general fund operating budget.

"We are pleased with this one," said Grandview School District Director of Business and Technology Brad Shreeve, who puts together the budget for the district each year.

Last year's general fund budget was $23.3 million, said Shreeve. He said a major reason for the $1.9 million increase has to do with the increase in salaries and benefits approved this past session by the legislature.

The district is also the designee of a $197,000 library literacy grant through the Department of Education. Shreeve said this money will help the district hire library assistants at each of the three schools.

The board will also be looking at approving a $487,605 Associated Student Body fund next month. In the ASB fund, directors will be asked to approve a $143,600 athletics budget for the district.

One of the more significant sections of the budget is for the food service department, which is just more than $1 million for next school year.

Shreeve is anticipating 2,995 students for the 2005-06 school year. Shreeve said he always tries to be conservative with his enrollment estimates because it is better to expect fewer students. The largest class in the Grandview School District next year is anticipated to be the freshmen group at the high school with 270 students. Grandview should also have a large first grade class with 266 students.

There will be 199 certificated staff members in the district next year, up five from the previous year. Shreeve said the staff increases include an additional vocational teacher at Compass High School and another math/science teacher at the middle school. Another fourth grade teacher was also added in the district, said Shreeve.

There was also a spike in the number of classified employees. Grandview will have seven more additional classified employees this school year with 138. Shreeve said a good portion of the classified staff increase will be with the addition of the library assistants.

Directors will also be asked to approve a $250,500 transportation vehicle fund, which will be used for the purchase of two new buses. The overall transportation department budget for the district is $517,458.

The district has $1.8 million earmarked for special education and another $991,328 for vocational education.

The district will also be collecting $700,000 from a levy voters approved.

Grandview School District Superintendent Kevin Chase is still negotiating his salary for next school year. Last school year, Chase was paid $113,750.

The Grandview School Board will preview the 2005-06 budget at a meeting tonight (Monday), to take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Grandview High School library.


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