USD 418 to have first-look at 2015-16 budget tonight

By Chris Swick
August 10, 2015

The McPherson school board will announce their 2015-16 budget tonight and review bids for Project Connect at the high school among other items on their agenda tonight.

The budget will only be up for publishing tonight, as the public hearing is planned for August 24 at 6:45 p.m.

During their July 27 meeting, USD 418 Business Manager Gordon Mohn said the general fund was most likely going to stay level, though the state and county had yet to look it over.

“The school finance fund, the block grant philosophy was that we would have the same number of dollars available in the General Fund as last year,” Mohn said. “There were a few adjustments because of state aid, so they're not exactly the same.”

The district also got some help in keeping the mill levy from rising from the assessed vaulation.

““We were surprised, pleasantly surprised, our assessed valuation was up a little over 10 percent,” Mohn said. “The multi-year average that Dr. [Randy] Watson used to talk about was two to three percent, so it was substantially up in that area. A caution is, sometimes those spikes in assessed valuation result in some kind of protest about taxes. So, while we can count on that now, it's not necessarily a guarantee, because it's an unusual spike.”

In addition to the budget and Project Connect bids, the board will have a number of salary issues to discuss in relation to administrative, certified and classified staff, among other items. This evenings meeting of the McPherson Board of Education begins at 7 p.m. at the district central offices on North Main.