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Superintendent Dr. Timothy Mundell unveiled a proposed budget on Monday, March 13, that increases expenditures by less than a percent and calls for no increase in the local tax levy while continuing to invest in students.
“We have an approximately $87,000 budget gap for the 2017-18 school year, and we’re looking at ways to bridge that gap without raising taxes,” said Mundell.
If the $22,741,676 budget is adopted as proposed, BKW will have a 3-year budget- to-budget growth rate of just over 1 percent.
“Earlier this year, Independent auditors commended us for our financial stability,” said Mundell, “and that’s a trend that we’re doing our best to continue.”
Despite the low budget-to-budget growth, BKW will continue to add programs for continuing academic growth:
· Expand course offerings in Agricultural Science
· Add 0.8 Agricultural Science position
· Add FFA club and two elementary clubs
· Add a 2-week summer program-STEAM
· Add Winter Track as interscholastic sport- shared with
· K-9 reading program
· Continue support for Inclusive model in Special Education
· Continue support for Alternate Education sections
· Revise Secondary master schedule to a 9-period day
The Board of Education is scheduled to adopt the 2017-18 school budget on April 10. The school budget vote and board elections will be held on Tuesday, May 16, from 6 .a.m. to 9 p.m.