Gilbert Public Schools revising its 2019 budget

Gilbert Public Schools is revising its fiscal year 2018-19 budget to reflect growing budget capacity as the school year has gone on, officials said.

Business Services Assistant Superintendent Bonnie Betz presented the information to the district’s governing board at its Feb. 26 meeting. However, the board took no action on the budget revision.

Board President Reed Carr said the revised budget had been posted fewer than 24 hours before the meeting. As a result, the board tabled acceptance of the report until its March 5 meeting so the public could have a chance to review it.

The revised budget shows more than $225.6 million in the maintenance and operations fund and $6.4 million in unrestricted capital. The adopted budget for the year had more than $221.5 million in maintenance and operations and nearly $5.5 million in unrestricted capital.

In other actions:

• The board appointed Jason Failla as the principal for Highland Park Elementary School for the 2019-20 school year.

• The board approved a resolution to declare support for safety and mental health. In the resolution, the district calls upon the Arizona Legislature to allocate additional mental health support in schools. That support would include lowering the ratio of students to school counselors, social workers and psychologists.

The district also resolved to include mental health considerations in all discussions about school safety and security and to maintain a supportive environment for students, staff, families and community members.
By Tom Blodgett
Raised in Arizona, Tom Blodgett has spent 30 years in journalism in Arizona and is the editor of the Gilbert edition of Community Impact Newspaper. He is a graduate of Arizona State University, where he now serves as an instructional professional in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and editorial adviser to The State Press, the university's independent student media outlet.


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