Articles in this Regional News Roundup are taken from weekly newspapers across the region. This is the second part, the first having appeared in the Tribune on Saturday.
GRANGEVILLE – A shortfall of over $ 4 million for 2022-2023 was the focus of the Mountain View School District Budget Meeting on December 8 held at Grangeville High School. About 15 community members attended the special meeting.
The workshop took place after Trustees Casey Smith, Clearwater, and Melisa Kaschmitter, Grangeville, were appointed to a committee to help the public understand the budget process and financial needs. No action was taken as it was a preliminary briefing to discuss a possible upcoming sample.
“This is intended to help us understand what is needed for a March levy,” said Superintendent Todd Fiske. “It’s a complex budget system, and the main goal is to show where we are financially and what the needs are.”
Fiske said he thought a May levy was “really too late” to be able to “know where we are and offer contracts to our teachers and staff.”
“And I want to reiterate that what we have here is not the MVSD funding model – it’s the Idaho state model. It’s just what we have to work with, ”he said.
New Clerk Polly Hagen, having been appointed at a previous meeting. Hagen is the secretary of the district office who prepares council briefings, among a variety of other duties. District Sales Manager Becky Hogg previously served as a clerk; however, due to his workload with regular district funds, as well as new challenges with COVID-19 money, it was decided to give Hagen the duties of council clerk.
In an effort to continue to be transparent with finances, Hogg reviewed actual and budgeted numbers for 2021-2022 and 2022-2023, explained the carryover, state funding formulas and forest funds, among additional budgetary and financial categories.
“We start with a 30,000-foot view of all bottoms, and go from there,” she said.
For 2021-2022, because the levy was not passed, there was a funding gap of approximately $ 3.8 million. This is a total budget of $ 13.5 million with a total income of $ 9.6 million.
Forest funds and COVID-19 money were used to close the income gap and what the district needed to maintain the status quo.
For 2022-2023, the projected shortfall is $ 4.2 million, with expected revenue and inflation estimated at 2-3 percent plugged into various areas. This excludes a levy, which means that this gap would have to be closed through a levy or other sources of funding, or through a reduction in programs and services.
The full budget workshop package will be available online at 2d244.org.
– Lorie Palmer, The Clearwater Progress, (Kamiah), Thursday