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Fri, April 19

KUSD Board studies $67M budget plan

KINGMAN - Kingman Unified School District Governing Board members received a 2007-2008 budget proposal for $66,930,141 during a special meeting Friday.

It represents a 12.28 percent increase of $7,324,025 over the final 2006-2007 budget of $59,606,097.

"Most of the increase will go toward bond building projects," said Terry White, KUSD director of business and finance. "Debt retirement and Prop. 301 money are the second and third largest areas of increase."

A total of $5,850,000 is budgeted for bond building projects. An additional $930,310 is earmarked for debt retirement and $482,536 for Proposition 301 money in the new budget to be adopted during the July 10 meeting of the board.

Prop. 301 is an education funding initiative approved in November 2000 that takes a percentage of tax revenues from tobacco sales and puts it into classrooms and teacher pay.

White projects a 28.7 percent rise in expenditures for school-sponsored athletics this fiscal year. White Cliffs, Kingman Middle, Black Mountain and Mt. Tipton in Dolan Springs all have middle school athletic programs that will each get an extra $25,000.

"Putting the budget together is always a challenge," White said. "The governor did not sign the final legislation until last Tuesday."

The lateness of legislative action also means the KUSD will receive about $307,000 in "placeholder" money used as a reserve or contingency fund. Board members will decide how it is to be spent. White added it under the "student support services" category. It represents a 22 percent increase there.

Today is White's last day as budget and finance director with the KUSD. He begins a similar position next Monday with the Liberty Elementary School District in Buckeye.

Two administrative positions were filled Friday.

Chris Nutt was promoted from the assistant principal post she has held the past two years to principal at Hualapai Elementary School. She takes over from Scott Rhoades, who requested and was assigned to a teaching position at Mt. Tipton School. Nutt could not be reached for comment Monday. Roger Jacks, KUSD human resources director, said she was among five candidates to interview for the top spot at Hualapai.

"She did exceptionally well in the questioning, plus she has done an excellent job helping run the school this past spring," Jacks said.

Duane Lyons was named as an assistant principal at Kingman High School.

He replaces Duane Mueller, who is moving to North Dakota.

Lyons starts Aug. 1 at KHS. He currently is a Job Corps administrator in Grand Rapids, Mich., and was among seven candidates to interview for the position.

"He had his initial interview with us over the phone," Jacks said.

"We asked him at his expense to come out the following week for an interview and he did.

"He met with the KHS administration team, Dr. Flores (superintendent Maurice), (assistant superintendent) Betsy Parker and myself and we all felt he would fit in well with the team."

The two administrative vacancies were advertised nationally and 35 applications received. They were separated out by principal and assistant principal candidates, Jacks said.


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