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Bickleton's $11.7 million budget includes new school

BICKLETON - The Bickleton School Board met last night and adopted the district's 2009-10 budget.

The largest portion of the more than $11.7 budget will be spent from the capital projects fund. Business Manager Judy Naught included the district's new K-12 building in the budget at a cost of $8.9 million.

That figure, she explained, was broken into $7.9 million for the building itself and another $1 million for equipment, such as generators.

"It's important to note Bickleton is funded under the state small schools funding format, rather than FTE," Naught said.

For the 2009-10 school year the district will receive approximately $13,000 in federal stimulus funding and another $30,000 worth of funding as a result of the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act to be utilized for special education.

Because of the additional dollars for special education, Naught said there is a slight increase in hours budgeted for educators working with the special education students.

"Expenditures are down and the district lost money because of Title 1, I-728 and other state funding sources," she explained, stating the beginning balance of $380,000 is a conservative figure.

Naught said there may be additional funding from the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act as the state adjusts its figures according to which school districts received too much funding and which districts are in need of more.

The Bickleton School District is projected to also receive just more than $39,600 this coming fall. Naught told the school board members that number is based on projected taxes from the district's current levy.

More than $200,000 is projected to be lost from the instruction funding due to the loss of federal funding, such as Title 1 and 2.

Overall, the school district expects to end the school year with more than $400,000 in its general fund.

The school district is also in the plans of purchasing a new school bus. Budgeted for the bus is more than $95,000 from the district's transportation fund.

Naught, again, explained she used conservative estimates, but provided extra funding in the budget on the chance that the price of the bus is more than expected.

She said the budget has been calculated conservatively and the school staff members are aware "it's going to be a slim year."

Naught added, however, that the payoff will be a new school building for the 2010-11 school year.

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