Jul 122013

By Julie Wiessner
The Holbrook Unified School District Governing Board voted unanimously Tuesday to adopt a $25.5 million budget. During the public hearing held prior to the budget’s passage, no questions from the public in either written or verbal form were presented.
The only discussion centered on Board President Olivia Jacques question as to why the maintenance and operations budget increased as much as it did. The maintenance and operations budget is generated from the schools’ enrollment figures. Business Manager Garry McDowell answered, “It was actually a combination of factors. One, student growth gave us more money,” around $60 more per student, and “Two, the 1.8 percent inflation factor was finally given again, after not being given for the past four or five years.”
An inflation factor or a two percent growth rate, whichever was less, was to be given to schools by legislative action each year.
In other action, the board approved a teaching contract for Donna Charley to serve as pre-school teacher at Indian Wells Elementary School for the 2013-14 school year.