Governing board approves Gilbert Public Schools’ annual financial report

Gilbert Public Schools governing board at study session
The Gilbert Public Schools governing board studies the annual financial report ahead of approval at the board's Oct. 12 meeting. (Screen shot from YouTube)

The Gilbert Public Schools governing board studies the annual financial report ahead of approval at the board's Oct. 12 meeting. (Screen shot from YouTube)

The Gilbert Public Schools governing board unanimously approved on Oct. 12 the district’s annual financial report for fiscal year 2020-21.

The report is required by state statute and is meant to disclose budgetary performance to the public, according to the state’s General Accounting Office. It includes general fund financial statements, a comparison of actual appropriations to expenditures and statements of revenues, expenditures and changes in fund balances.


According to the report, GPS spent $222.58 million in maintenance and operations funds, $17.21 million in classroom site funds and had $9.37 million in unrestricted capital outlay. The district’s ending fund balance for maintenance and operations was $62.38 million, up from $52.34 million at the beginning of the fiscal year; classroom site funds at $7.46 million, up from $7.34 million; and unrestricted capital outlay $1.46 million, down from $1.57 million.

Other items:

  • GPS Technology Executive Director Jon Castelhano gave a study-session presentation to the board about robotics in the classroom. Castelhano showed success story videos on how robotics were used to engage students.

  • Board Member Jill Humpherys was appointed as the district representative to the Arizona School Board Association’s county meeting Oct. 16.

  • The board tabled for additional attorney review two items related to a backstop and protective netting for Desert Ridge High School’s baseball field, where Blandford Homes has built an adjacent subdivision that gets foul balls into it. One item related to an agreement to share the costs of the additional fencing, estimated at up to $315,000. The other was for project bidding.

By Tom Blodgett

Editor, Gilbert

Raised in Arizona, Tom Blodgett has spent more than 30 years in journalism in Arizona and joined Community Impact Newspaper in July 2018 to launch the Gilbert edition. He is a graduate of Arizona State University, where he served as an instructional professional in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication from 2005-19 and remains editorial adviser to The State Press, the university's independent student media outlet.



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