MABTON - With very little discussion given to the amount of money needed to operate the Mabton School District, the Mabton School board approved a $9.8 million operating budget for 2005-06 during its meeting held this past Monday night.
The 2005-06 budget shows a slight increase from last year, said Mabton School Board Chairman Manuel Guzman. The increase is the result of educational pay raises approved by the state legislature during the last session and an increase in the number of grants coming to the district.
Guzman said the budget is a good one and will adequately provide for the needs of the district's educational programs.
The budget is based on a projected enrollment of 863 students, 63 certificated employees, as well as 34 classified employees.
The board approved expenditures of $9,814,879 in the general fund, $111,000 in the transportation fund, $153,835 in the debit service fund, $78,000 in the ASB fund and $430,000 in the capital improvement fund.
The board also approved a $180,600 transfer of funds from the general fund to the district capital improvement fund to balance the budget. The transfer will provide money for any building or remodeling project the district may wish to undertake in the next school year, explained Mabton School Superintendent Sandra Pasiero-Davis.
Pasiero-Davis said the district is also in the process of applying for a Paul Allen Foundation grant at the request of the foundation, which is expected add an additional $200,000 to the district's coffers. The Paul Allen Foundation grant is expected to replace the Bill Gates Foundation grant, which the district has been the recipient of for the past several years.