Staff presented the Jefferson County Public Schools Board of Education with a request for $9.3 million in additional on-going funds in a budget presentation Thursday, March 1.
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Staff presented the Jefferson County Public Schools Board of Education with a request for $10.93 million in additional on-going funds in a budget presentation Thursday, March 1.
The board will give staff early budget direction at a study session scheduled for 9 a.m. Monday, March 5.
Of the requested increases, $1 million would cover mandated costs including an increase in property insurance premiums for district buildings.Another $547,189 would go toward implementing and online enrollment system.
The online enrollment system would create a searchable database for parents and students to apply for enrollment at their top choice schools without having to visit each school for a paper and pencil application.
Superintendent Dr. Jason Glass explained that this would take a system that has advantaged parents that have time and resources and would allow the same access to everyone while also centralizing the system.
The goal is to have the program up and running for the 2019 choice enrollment period.
The remaining $9.3 million come from 63 separate high priority requests from the cabinet. Continuous funding for the new Jeffco Innovation Acceleration Fund has the highest ask at $1 million.
The board approved $1 million of reserve dollars to be spent to launch the Innovation Fund in January. There were 104 applicants with a total ask of $9.5 million. Out of those, 51 applicants made it through round one and were asked to pitch their ideas to the selection committee.
Recipients of the first Innovation Fund grants will be announced next week.Other increases suggested by staff include over $600,000 in additional mental health supports for students.
Additional mental health supports is one budget increase requested by the District Accountability Committee. This recommendation was based off the school accountability committee survey results, which indicated student behavioral/mental health supports as the second highest priority among schools. The top request from all schools was for additional classroom teachers.
With assumed revenues of $27.4 million for the 2018-19 budget and potential expenditures of $27.1 million, Kathleen Askelson, chief financial officer for Jeffco schools, recommended that the board does not build a budget that utilized reserve funds.
Final direction for the proposed budget is expected April 5 with a proposed budget public hearing on May 3 and final budget adoption on June 7.
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