Wichita school board approves budget

WICHITA, Kansas – The USD 259 board of education unanimously approved a budget that will allow for teachers to get a pay raise and property owners to pay less in taxes.

The almost $684 million budget calls for funding increases for things like special education, vocational training and capital outlay funds. Teachers will see a 2 percent pay increase.

Due to state’s school funding bill, there was increased revenue from the state, but lower revenue from local sources. There was also a more than $15 million increase in federal funding from last year’s budget.

“That increase allowed us to shift spending from our general funds to capital outlay funds to allow us to pay some salary increases and make some additions into our budget that we really needed to have,” district financial officer Jim Freeman said.

The budget also calls for a property tax reduction of 3.596 mills. That would save the owner of a $100,000 home around $41 in property tax.

Click here to see the district’s approved budget.

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