It was only fitting that on a night where blizzards and wildfires plagued Kansas that the Manhattan-Ogden Board of Education would choose to discuss something as volatile as the budget for the upcoming fiscal year. June 30th is approaching, and USD 383 is trying to figure out how the bills will be paid.
Lew Faust, Director of Business Services, addressed the board for more than an hour and begin his presentation by asking the board about the various expenses a district has, and why they are all necessary. After 15 minutes of tossing ideas around, it is apparent there are already no frills in the district.
The district can plan on $43 million in state revenue, which matches the 2015-16 funding set by the block grant. However, funding might change depending on how the legislature adapts to a ruling by the Supreme Court.
“For us, it’s business as usual,” said Faust.
There was no new business at the meeting, but the board unanimously adopted the calendar for the upcoming year. John Walters and Stephanie Hegarty were also recognized as the USD 383 Teachers of the Year.