2018-19 Budget Message 
 Douglas County School District #15 is committed to continuous school improvement as reflected in the 2018-19 school budget, which focuses on four key areas: personnel, programs, places and planning.


The 2018-19 budget maintains all positions as currently staffed and includes the following increases in personnel costs effective July 1, 2018:  

--transfer $100,000 to the PERS reserve fund in anticipation of future increases in PERS related costs;

--step increase for all employees;

--cost-of-living increase for employees (amount to be determined through bargaining);

--increase in the insurance cap for employees (amount to be determined through bargaining);

--hire a graduation coach/school counselor (partially funded with Measure 98 dollars);

--increase the Musician-in-Residence position by one class period to provide an intermediate band class;

--employ a part-time teacher to oversee the new Health Careers Pathway online program and to offer a robotics elective for high school;

--increase by two-hours daily the assistant cook position;

--increase one part-time custodial position to full-time (if and when new educational space is added to the district);

--offer a stipend to a cross-country coach to begin cross country as a sports option for students.


In keeping with the district’s goal of updating all of its curriculum, the 2018-19 budget will include funds to purchase new health textbooks.

Instructional line item budgets will be added to the instructional budget to accommodate new or recently added programs that do not currently have a line.  These include: elementary music, band, choir, Rock 101, journalism, freshman orientation, HS robotics, and MS Wheel Exploratories.

Funds will be used to continue making progress on our long-range technology improvement plan, which includes, among other things, replacing twenty percent of our hardware annually so that all technology is kept up to date.  Specifically, we plan to replace the computers in the Vocational Agriculture Lab, install five Apple TV devices to support iPad instruction, and install a SmartBoard in Room 215.

The district will continue to collaborate with other South County school districts regarding the formation of a South County CTE Consortium and will budget money toward start-up costs of that program.


In the area of facility maintenance, the district will continue to invest significantly in upgrading our campus.  Planned improvements for 2018-19 include new flooring in four classrooms and the hallway/lobby of the main building; interior painting of the library, cafeteria, and teacher workroom; HVAC updates; the purchase of either a replacement maintenance truck or a small lawn tractor; Phase I of the weight room refurbishing project; and Phase II of the bleacher replacement project.

The district will continue to explore building additional educational space to accommodate increased enrollment and programs.



The district is committed to being a good steward of the financial resources entrusted to it and planning for the future by maintaining a healthy planned reserve and contingency fund to ensure money is available for emergency situations and to adjust for any unexpected changes in enrollment.

Posted by Dr. Mark Angle On 10 May, 2018 at 10:12 AM  

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