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A Letter From the Barstow Unified Union School Board Regarding the FY18 School Budget
January 23, 2017
The Barstow Unified Union School Board (BUUSD) has approved a PK-12 budget of $4,949,750 for FY18. This represents a - .36% decrease in net education spending from FY 2017. This school budget for FY18 will be presented at the annual BUUSD meeting on February 28th at 6:30 p.m in the Hall at Barstow Memorial School. I hope you can join us so we can share with you our accomplishments and what lies ahead. The board’s highest priority for Barstow remains the same: to provide the best education for our students with high quality programing at a reasonable cost to the taxpayers in Chittenden and Mendon.
Our high quality staff at Barstow is the absolute best resource we have for our students. Without them, Barstow could not provide the rigorous opportunities that we do for our students. The challenge for any board is to continue to hire and keep the best staff while also responding to declining enrollments. The reality is that the vast majority of school budget expenses is staffing. Therefore, this requires boards to always look to “right size” staffing as enrollments decline.
In addition to continued enrollment decline, this year we have the added challenge of the state changing the hold harmless provision. That means we no longer have “ghost” students in our budget which helped mitigate the financial impact of declining enrollment. The FY18 budget reflects actual students in our system. The loss of ghost students may put pressure on the tax rate in the coming year.
There are a few knowns below that the board would like to share with you in advance.
So please join us on February 28th. All meeting documents can be found at http://www.rnesu.org/school-boards/barstow-unified-union-school-board.
Michelle M Erickson, BUUSD Board Chair