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10/2/2013 10:14:00 AM
Humboldt District details $2.8 million override for safety, teachers

Patrick Whitehurst
Special to the Tribune

Local school districts are seeking voter approval for bonds and budget overrides for reasons nearly too numerous to list.

In November, the Prescott Unified School District is seeking voter approval for a bond and an override, while Prescott Valley's Humboldt Unified School District will ask voters to approve an override. Chino Valley Unified School District is placing a bond on the ballot.

Humboldt Unified School District

The HUSD is currently seeking a $2.8 million override to increase school safety by adding resource officers and counselors, as well as restore full-day kindergarten classes, music and physical education, and early childhood programs. They also hope override funds can be used for class size reduction and to attract and retain quality teaching staff.

There are currently 5,864 students enrolled in the district. Cost to teach each student is approximately $6,584 per student, with $544 spent on administration costs per student. The district currently employs 703 staff, including 296 teachers. The district operates on a $29.5 million maintenance and operation budget. In total, the district's expenditures total $40 million, according to HUSD Finance Director Cynthia Windham.

HUSD Superintendent Paul Stanton said the district is getting the word out to voters through a variety of ways, including its website, the district television channel and via public meetings.

Unlike capital dollars, M&O money is typically used for employee wages, Stanton said.

"There are a little bit of supplies, but mostly it's people. Capital, for the most part, is stuff, as in buildings and textbooks, desks and technology," he said. "Over 85 percent of your M&O, typically, is people. Bonds are for stuff. We went for a bond in 2006 for building renovations, an athletic playground, for tangible things. An override is, typically, for people. Ours will be for increasing our counselors, restoring programs, and used to attract and retain high quality staff."

Class sizes will continue to increase, whether voters in the district approve the override or not, Stanton said. Programs would also face reductions. Salaries for staff and teachers would become less competitive, he said.

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• Humboldt Unified School District superintendent educates Prescott Valley Town Council on budget override measure
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