Winslow School Board OKs budget

By L. Parsons

The Winslow Unified School District Governing Board approved a balanced budget of $12.6 million for the 2017-18 school year July 7, a $2,432 decrease from the previous year. According to Business Manager Shirley Lomeli, the budget includes a 1.06 percent increase in salary for teachers beginning Dec. 8, 2017.

A projected drop in student numbers will bring funding for capital projects down to $1.3 million, a reduction of $261,373 from last year’s budget. The maintenance and operations fund dropped by $2,432 and federal projects dropped by $25,330. The biggest increase in funding was in classroom site funds, which went up $144,370 to $1.9 million.

Also approved by the governing board was the employee code of conduct. According to Superintendent Cyndie Mattox, the code has not changed, but needed approval with new board member signatures.

Multiple textbooks were adopted, including four career tech books for Winslow Junior High School, and Edgenuity, an online curriculum to replace the A+ program at Winslow High School, WJHS and Washington Elementary School.

Parents and community members are invited to meet the new WHS leadership team during presentations at 5 p.m. on Friday, July 14, and 1 p.m. on Friday, July 28, at the Performing Arts Center, located at 600 E. Cherry St. These meetings will cover the expectations of students and parents, and changes being made at WHS heading in to the new school year.