If you want your voice heard on the Wichita school district budget, Monday night is your chance.
At its regular board meeting at North High School, the school board will hold a public hearing on its proposed $628 million budget just before voting to approve it.
The 2012-13 budget is about $22 million more than last year’s, thanks to a boost in state per-pupil funding. It keeps the local property tax rate flat and includes the first raise for district employees in four years.
The budget presumes no enrollment changes for Wichita – the state’s largest school district, with more than 50,000 students – but officials have said enrollment could increase.
It calls for adding four dozen teachers, most targeted to special-education and bilingual students and some to five new schools that opened this fall as part of the 2008 bond issue.
Along with higher employee salaries – a significant portion of the added spending – the district expects to pay more for utilities and fuel in the coming year.
In addition to discussing the budget, school board members will:
One plan would move 11 board precincts, affecting about 15,850 residents; the other would put a high school in each voting district, shifting 18 precincts and affecting nearly 28,900 residents. Currently District 2 does not have a high school within its voting district.
The district would buy a house at 1031 N. Porter, near Riverside, for $191,228; it would buy a house at 1901 S. Laura, near Gardiner, for $77,500. Both deals include closing costs and state-mandated moving costs.