Battle Ground Public Schools' Board of Directors approved Resolution I-16: 2016-17 Budget Adoption on June 26, 2016. This approval sets appropriations and fee schedules for the 2016-17 school year. Appropriation levels include:
- A. General Fund $155,690,200
- General Fund Transfers to Debt Service $337,000
- B. Capital Projects Fund $5,699,999
- C. Debt Service Fund $6,500,000
- D. Associated Student Body Fund $2,838,020
The board hosted two public hearings for the proposed 2016-17 budget before approval. Click here to view a PDF of the presentation and an overview of the approved budget.
Battle Ground Public Schools' Board of Directors unanimously approved the 2015-16 district budget at its meeting August 24, 2015. The state requires school budgets to be approved and submitted by August 31. The district expects to receive $151.9 million in revenues for the year, an increase of 10 percent over last year's budget. Board members approved allocations for four main buckets: day-to-day operations, including $500,000 for the general fund reserve; student activities; debt services (bonds) and facilities projects.
2015-16 Budget Overview
The presentation below is from the 2015-16 open budget hearings. The presentation outlines the purpose of each district fund, revenues, expenditures, impact of state budget, levy plan implementation and monitoring tools.
The district receives about 71 percent of its revenues from state funding. The 2015-16 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. Currently 30.9 percent of basic education staff are unfunded (204 certificated and 136 classified) which makes up 41.1 percent of the budgeted amount for staff. Battle Ground Public Schools has the highest percentage of unfunded staff in the region. The costs to align unfunded staff with state funded staff reduces the amount of discretionary funds in the budget to $1.5 million. The chart below breaks down the additional state funding by category. (Note: This chart was presented at the Battle Ground Public Schools School Board Budget Work Session on August 10, 2015)
K-3 Class Size & Full-Day Kindergarten
As noted in the chart above K-3 Class Size must be validated with actual enrollment before additional funding can be received. The district will be able to pull down additional funding if enrollment meets the state requirements. The state will base payments on actual enrollment starting in January 2016.
The state is also providing full-day kindergarten funding this year based on which schools have the highest percentage of students receiving free and reduced-price lunches. Eligible schools can get state funding for full-day kindergarten as long as they can accommodate a full-day program for all students. In other words, schools can only offer full-day kindergarten if they have the space to offer the full-day program to all incoming kindergartners attending the school.
Battle Ground Public Schools evaluated which schools in the district have the classroom space to support full-day kindergarten, and found that Maple Grove is currently the only school that has enough available classrooms to implement the program for all incoming kindergartners. Maple Grove also has the highest rate of free and reduced-price lunch in the district. You can read more about Full-Day Kindergarten in a recent online article.
Your Levy Dollars at Work
The four-year Replacement Maintenance and Operations Levy maintains daily operations and provides approximately $23 million, or 18% of total revenues in local funding for schools each year. Local funds are critical to bridge the gap between what the state pays for and what is actually costs to operate schools. The levy approved in 2013 maintains items such as health services, music and art classes, building safety, professional development, special education staffing, student and staff technology, curriculum, communications, transportation, asset preservation and staff salaries, allowing the district to maintain proper staffing levels in each building. Read more about local funding in the 2014-15 Accountability Report.
The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction website "School Apportionment & Financial Services" publishes several financial reports including apportionment, staffing ratios, grants and special education. Click the link to view the OSPI website and select "Battle Ground Public Schools" from the drop-down list to view reports from 1997 - 2015.
Superintendent Contract 2016-2019
The school board approved changes to the superintendent contract on June 13. Changes include:
- 1.8% COLA (cost of living adjustment) increase for the 2016-17 contract year as approved by the state legislature,
- 2.1% increase for the 2016-17 school year, (This increase was approved for all administrators and matches the 2015-16 PSE salary increase.)
- Adjustment to auto allowance stipend. (The stipend was adjusted from $900/month to $200/month with the difference added into the annual salary.)