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KUSD facing $1M budget deficit

Teachers, parents and volunteers with an interest in the Kingman Unified School District are being asked to contact their state legislators and urge them to approve exceeding the limit for the state's Constitutional Aggregate Expenditure for schools and community colleges.

Wanda Hubbard, KUSD finance director, sent out an e-mail on Nov. 20 to all district principals advising them that the state Department of Education has notified the KUSD the Constitutional Aggregate Expenditure this fiscal year has been exceeded by more than $146 million.

Under ARS 15-911, the state Legislature can approve (by a two-thirds vote) action to exceed the limit. If that is not done by March 1, schools will be forced to reduce their budgets by April 1.

"This has happened in the past, but we've not had a state budget deficit to the extent we do now," Hubbard said.

"The last I heard, the deficit was in excess of $800 million."

KUSD would have to cut its budget by $1,007,155 if legislators don't authorize exceeding the limit.

Constitutional Aggregate Expenditures concern local revenues and include all moneys, funds, property and receipts of any kind received by or for the account of the school, with some exceptions.

In her e-mail to principals, Hubbard stated the action would have a dire impact on the district with a cutting of programs in order to meet the district's share of the deficit.

"We've just starting talking about it," Hubbard said. "There is no cut list in place as yet.

"However, we're not filling some open positions and are holding off on some spending, including ordering of new buses."

ARS 15-911 does not affect charter schools; hence the Kingman Academy of Learning will not be impacted, according to Brownie Hamlyn, KAOL finance director.

Residents wishing to contact their representatives to express views on the situation can reach them at:

Ron Gould, Arizona State Senate, Capitol Complex, Room 303, 1700 W. Washington St., Phoenix, Ariz. 85007-2890, telephone (602) 926-4138, fax (602) 417-3265, e-mail rgould@azleg.gov.

Trish Groe, Arizona House of Representatives, Capitol Complex, Room 309, 1700 W. Washington St., Phoenix, Ariz. 85007-2890, telephone (602) 926-5408, fax (602) 417-3103, e-mail tgroe@azleg.gov.

Nancy McLain, Arizona House of Representatives, Capitol Complex, Room 344, 1700 W. Washington St., Phoenix, Ariz. 85007-2890, telephone (602) 926-5051, fax (602) 417-3003, e-mail nmclain@azleg.gov.

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