GREEN RIVER — The Sweetwater County School District (SCSD) No. 2 voted unanimously Tuesday night to adopt the fiscal year 2023 budget.
The total appropriations for the budget is around $61 million. The general fund total is $39.7 million, of which 83.5 percent goes to salaries for a total of $32.5 million. The remaining $6.5 million is non-salary purposes.
Chris Dean, SCSD No. 2 Business Manager, said the district has made overall non-salary budget reductions of 10 percent. She added that the delivery of instruction and services will continue at the 2021-22 level.
Dean said the district did see a reduction in its foundation guarantee for this fiscal year.
“The foundation guarantee, which matches up to the general fund budget and our general fund funding, had a reduction in 2023 of $906,184. The biggest portion of that reduction was due to our ADM loss of 55 students,” Dean said.
She noted that they are on the second year of a three-year rolling average for ADM (Average Daily Membership).
Additionally, Dean said there was a reduction in the model for the health insurance premium, and the amount that they fund for premiums was reduced, which also impact the district’s guarantee.
The district saw another reduction of about $130,000 in its at-risk funding. Dean explained that the reduction was partially due to operating under the free meals program throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Since students were getting meals for free, the applications for free and reduced meals weren’t being filled out as much, which caused a reduction in the at-risk funding.
The district will return to paid meals at the beginning of the 2022-23 school year. Lunch prices will increase by 50 cents across the district, bringing the cost of meals to $3.25 for elementary students, $3.50 for middle school, and $3.75 for high school, with adult meals costing $4.50.
Breakfast prices will also increase by 15 cents to 35 cents.
As for mill levies, Sweetwater BOCES requested for a .5 mill which will generate $497,373. Additionally, Region V BOCES requested a .2 mill which will generate $198,949, and the SCSD No. 2 Recreation Board has requested a 1.0 mill, which will generate $994,746, according to Dean.
“The total mills levied by the district would then be 44.7 mill, which is no change from last year,” Dean said.