"During the Governing Board regular meeting on July 2, we have a study/action item concerning adoption of the budget for fiscal year 2013-2014," said Amphitheater's Director of Community Relations, Mindy Blake.
"I do know it will not be accurate, and will have to be amended simply because of the timing of the Arizona budget adoption.
Amphitheater Public Schools
had to propose a budget without knowing what the legislature's funding would be."
adds that the school district is usually working on its budget process in February or March.
Brewer's budget calls for the hiring of 100 new school resource officers, but not all of that $3.5 million will apply directly toward officers, says Blake
"Twenty five percent of the $3.5 million has to be used for technology - things like cameras and electronic door locks," said Blake
"We have no explanation at this time how we will receive the funds, or what the process will be to determine how much we will get, if anything," said Blake
"This year's per-pupil funding does not overcome years of cuts," said Blake
"It is a movement in the right direction, but we are so far behind in funding from years of neglect.
With five years of cuts, our override vote in November of 2014 is going to be very important."
By state law, there are strict limits on the amount of money that school districts can spend to educate students, she
"An override allows school districts to receive additional tax revenues beyond those that the state provides," Blake
Voters in a school district must approve an override, which can come in different forms: kindergarten through third grade, capital, and maintenance and operations.
"Currently, the majority of school districts in the State of Arizona have some kind of override," said Blake