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.
Money 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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