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Sedona voters decided last November not to continue a budget override for the Sedona-Oak Creek School District. The measure failed when put out to district voters, costing the School District $293,000 for fiscal year 2013-14.

Sedona-Oak Creek School District Superintendent Dave LykinsMoney generated from budget overrides — allowing the district to spend more than state limits — is used for maintenance and operations. State education funding is designed for core curriculum delivery such as basic math, English, science, etc. For communities to provide adequate education for their students, such as advanced math, English and science, and field trips, business education, sports, clubs, art, music, physical education, performing arts and other enrichments to the curriculum, school districts rely on their community to “override” their budgets with increases, according to SOCSD Superintendent Dave Lykins.

“It is important that the community understand what the Sedona-Oak Creek School District is up against. The maintenance and operations expenditure on the ballot is not to maintain or paint our buildings; it is to keep our valued teachers and staff working directly with our students,” Lykins said.

For the full story, see the Friday, March 29, edition of the Sedona Red Rock News.


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  • BobAZ

    [quote name="Sedona Peoples"]I will never forget when three parents watched the superintendent drive through the high school parking lot in his new corvette...All three said," I will never vote for an increase in funds for SOCUSD again." People see the leadership and vote accordingly....[/quote]<br /><br />I think he had the vette before his promotion. Who knows? Maybe he lives in a frugal little rental? Maybe he has a huge car payment?

  • BobAZ

    [quote name="Steve Nippert"]" My former school combined the vice principal position with the athletic director position"Mingus has the most $$$ going into the classroom than any other school in the Verde Valley...Seems like Foist should be teaching Lykins a thing or two...[/quote<br />Mingus seems to be run pretty well. They are large and that helps. To make A Director and Vi Principal one job seems remarkable. One is Admin, and "Dean" like and the other is ALL Sports when ON…Then. The AD is the most under appreciated job at the HS school level. The position handles every team, and every athlete, glad handes the coaches and fine tunes the media - and all of each of their calendars.

  • JimsMaintenance

    The over ride might of had a chance if it had been advertised. Where were the brochures? The meetings? The windshield flyers? Kids having car washes or candy sales? No teachers rang my bell to tell me about the importance of it. In my circle we thought if the School Distrist could spend millions on a spanking new office they dont need our money. I heard it didn't pass by 51 votes. If it were such an outrage, the muckity muckups would be starting community out reach- and this bit was not "IT". Who wrote this piece? Super Lykins? If so- Bone up Brother, be more concise. The voters, ERM, citizens, you know the payers of monies want specifc details.Where does the money go?

  • Sedona Peoples

    As I said, when administators parade around "flaunting" their salaries,while the average citizen may have a car that won't start, they will vote accordingly...It's human nature..

  • MomfromSedona

    Kellie, How about doing a follow up with Mr Lykins where you actually ASK him where the money from an over ride would go? <br />We all know the teachers in AZ don't make much $. That's their choice. Most teach because they want to make a difference. 80% love their job. Some contribute to the classroom supplies, books+ other materials... because they dont want the students to do without.They could move to another state and get a union job, w/ benefits and tenure after a handful of years and make triple. The district classroom, and technology and other programs need enhancement just to be brought up to par. We don't even have vocational ed any more due to cuts and cuts and cuts. Soon we wont have PE, foreign language, or any arts. For such an artsy community this is embarrassing.

  • Sedona Peoples

    [quote name="NotStaff"][quote name="Steve Nippert"]I worked at the high school and saw the waste firsthand...A high school with 500 students has a principal, a vice principal and a cop? Wake up to the waste people...[/quote]<br /><br />The "cop" as you put it- is valued and needed. If memory serves his pay is partially funded by the city of Sedona Police Deptartment. His physcial presence makes a huge impact on "pot" use. Due to his attendence at the school, there is rarely any fighting.[/quote]<br />The problem at the high school is not weed- It's prescription drugs that kids steal from their parents. Fighting always happened whether there was a cop there or not. I had an intruder in my room, with a cop, a vice principal and a principal on campus! People will find a way..

  • Sedona Peoples

    [quote name="JimsMaintenance"]The over ride might of had a chance if it had been advertised. Where were the brochures? The meetings? The windshield flyers? Kids having car washes or candy sales? No teachers rang my bell to tell me about the importance of it. In my circle we thought if the School Distrist could spend millions on a spanking new office they dont need our money. I heard it didn't pass by 51 votes. If it were such an outrage, the muckity muckups would be starting community out reach- and this bit was not "IT". Who wrote this piece? Super Lykins? If so- Bone up Brother, be more concise. The voters, ERM, citizens, you know the payers of monies want specifc details.Where does the money go?[/quote]Good point, Jim...The Mingus Super has his office at the high school...

  • Sedona Peoples

    Its plain and simple...Super Lykins fell asleep on the job. There was no advertising or promotion. No one knocked on my door...I would have voted "no" anyway....I saw the waste...

  • Darlene

    I have a grandchild at the school. so far he is having a good experience. The teachers are helpful. His parents were impressed a %e of his teachers were prompt and prepared at back to school conference night. Many of them are happily participating in after school sports and on clubs as advisors. What is missing from the school and district is Curriculum and “basics” that other schools take for granted such as up to date computer / tech lab, quality sports equipment. SRRH no longer offers vocational classes. No wood working, drafting, home economics, life skills, auto shop, graphic arts, medical or dental arts, cosmetology, etc. I don’t even think they have homeroom or study hall, which is a real shame.

  • Darlene

    [quote name="Sedona Peoples"]<br />…….I had an intruder in my room, with a cop, a vice principal and a principal on campus! People will find a way..[/quote]<br /><br />When was this? Who was the intruder? Did he harm anyone? Was he there to "see you" or someone in your class?

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