BGPS School Board Schedules Public Hearings on District Budget

posted Aug 13, 2015, 10:33 AM by BGPS Web   [ updated Aug 13, 2015, 10:49 AM ]

BGPS School Board Schedules Public Hearings on District Budget

August 13, 2015

The Battle Ground Public Schools Board of Directors has set two hearings on the district budget for the 2015-16 school year. The hearings are open to the public, and people are invited to attend and provide input on the budget.

The hearings are scheduled for
  • Thursday, August 13, 7 p.m. at Laurin Middle School, 13601 NE 97th Ave. in Vancouver
  • Thursday, August 20, 7 p.m. at Yacolt Primary School, 406 W Yacolt Rd. in Yacolt

The Washington Legislature approved additional funding for school districts around the state this year for salary and benefit increases, class-size reduction, full-day kindergarten and maintenance and supplies. Battle Ground Public Schools developed a proposed budget based on the state's allocation and presented it for discussion during a school board work session on Monday, August 10. 

Besides state funds, the district also receives federal funds, levy dollars, and money from local, non-tax sources. Total revenues are estimated to be $151.9 million for 2015-16. The district divides expenditures into four main buckets: general fund (day to day operations), ASB (student activities), debt services (bonds), and capital projects (facilities).

Battle Ground Public Schools receives about 71 percent of its revenues from state funding. The proposed budget takes into account estimates that the school district will receive up to $10.3 million more this year in state funding over last year; however, the majority of the funds are tied to cost of living adjustments (COLA) and benefit increases for state-funded staff.  The legislature's decision to increase the salaries of state-funded staff leaves a gap in funding. The district must match the 3 percent COLA and benefit increases for unfunded staff from other revenue sources. The match reduces the amount of discretionary funds in the budget to $1.5 million. 

More information and a further breakdown of the district's budget will be provided at the budget hearings.