Bozeman School Board to vote on budget

The Bozeman School Board will meet Monday night, Aug. 9, to vote on approving a budget for the coming school year that eliminates four jobs at Bozeman High, gives teachers no overall raise in base pay, and raises students' fees to $100 to participate in a sport or activity.

The general fund budget will increase by 3.2 percent to $35.8 million. That's up mainly because enrollment grew by 94 students in the elementary grades, and the district needs to cover increases in salaries and utilities and to compensate for the loss of $2 million in federal stimulus money.

When all school funds are added, including building construction and maintenance, total spending for the upcoming year will be $87.3 million.

The school property taxes levy is expected to decrease slightly, about $4, for homeowners in the Bozeman elementary district, but to increase about $27 for the owner of a $200,000 home in the rural parts of the high school district.

The School Board meets at 6 p.m. in the Willson School board room.



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