According to a preliminary estimate passed by the school board in May, Rapid City Areas Schools (RCAS) will increase their budget by over $5.4 million in the coming academic year. Assistant Superintendent of Fiscal and Support Services David Janak will present a final budget of over $226 million for the 2018-2019 school year at the July 23rd school board meeting, reports the Rapid City Journal.
The board will vote on final budget approval following this presentation, after approving a preliminary budget of about $221 million in May. This proposed increase would add to the general fund and capital outlay categories. Janak says that the preliminary budget did not include increases in compensation for administration, support, clerical, and food services that fall under the general fund. An updated contract with the teachers’ union also has yet to be reached, but the district and the Rapid City Education Association will be meeting with the state’s Department of Labor to hopefully resolve this issue soon.
Capital outlay money will go to prior projects like the Knollwood Elementary School roofing project and the Meadowbrook Elementary School drainage projects, which were not completed under the previous budget as planned, and therefore need to roll over.
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