Budget breakdown

We sat down with Jose Cano, chief financial officer for Clovis Municipal School District, and asked him to explain the district's $90 million fiscal year 2012-2013 budget in layman's terms.

One of the highlight's of the budget is a 2.5 percent pay increase for all school employees next year, the first in nearly four years.

Jelayne Curtis, executive assistant to the superintendent, said the raise is the result of budgeting that resulted in a $5 million surplus at year's end.

The surplus will also allow the district to add nine new full time staff positions.

Cano explained that the school district's funding comes from three sources — local property taxes, state money and grants from federal and state sources.

He broke the budget into five major categories:

  • Operational expenses, which can be used at the discretion of the district.
  • Capital outlay, debt service, transportation dollars and special grants. These are restricted funds, meaning they can only be used for specific purposes.

After the May 22 school board meeting, the CNJ reported the district's 2011-2012 budget to be $129 million. Cano explained that the figures were inflated due to a requirement, that has since been dropped, to budget construction projects that had not yet received funding.

Cano provided a revised 2011-2012 budget that more accurately reflects actual expenses, allowing for a comparison of budget between the two years.

The school district budget provides for:

19 schools

8,600 students

951 teachers

136 support personnel

The total budget for fiscal year 2012-2013 is $90 million.

The total revised budget for 2011-2012 is $92 million.

Balance forwarded from 2012 to 2013: $5.3 million

Revenue increases in 2012-2013:

  • Operational expenses

funding increased by $581,000 to $60.3 million

  • Special education and at risk students

funding increased by $236,402 to $10 million

Total increase in revenue: $817,402

Revenue decreases in 2013

  • Debt service (re-payment of bonds)

funding decreased by $314,000 to $6.1 million

  • Capital outlay building and construction projects

funding decreased by $2.1 million to $11.9 million

Total decrease in revenue: $2.4 million

Expenses increased in 2013

Competency raises for teachers $606,000

Utilities $48,000

Health and benefits $954,400

2.5% salary increases $1

New staffing costs $648,000

Total increased expenses: $3.3 million

Funding sources 2013

  • $60.3 million from the state for operational expenses

Up $581,000 from 2012

  • $10 million from federal and state grants for special education and at risk students

Up $236,402 from 2012

  • $11.9 million from local property taxes for capital outlay building and construction projects

Down $2.1 million from 2012

  • $6.1 million from local property taxes for debt service (re-payment of bonds)

Down $314,000 from 2012

  • $1.9 million from state of New Mexico for transportation and instructional materials and athletics

Total: $90 million

$60.3 million operational budget breakdown:

  • 87 percent ($52 million) — Employee salaries and benefits
  • 7 percent (4.3 million) — Classroom supplies and materials
  • 6 percent ($3.7 million) — Utilities, maintenance, repairs

Budget facts

Food service

2012-2013 — $3.9 million

2011-2012 — $3.7 million

Student transportation

2012-2013 — $1 million

2011-2012 — $1.1 million

Custodial services

2012-2013 — $1.3 million

2011-2012 — $1.2 million

Teacher salaries

2012-2013 $36.6 million

2011-2012 $34.3 million

School principals and staff salaries

2012-2013 — $3.6 million

2011-2012 — $3.3 million

School administrators and staff salaries

2012-2013 — $1.7 million

2011-2012 — $1.6 million

Utilities

2012-2013 — $3.7 million

2011-2012 — $3.6 million

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