The procedure for determining Plattsmouth Community Schools’ annual budget is changing, according to PCS Superintendent Dr. Richard Hasty.
“For the last several years, we’ve had a program-based budgeting system with 11 program areas and a chairman assigned responsibility for oversight of each of those areas,” Hasty explained. “This year that format will be different.”
Instead of having 11 different committees, the district is asking internal and external stakeholders to take a survey on its website www.pcsd.org.
“They can provide suggestions for priorities whether they are additions or reductions in each of the 11 areas,” he said. Interested parties can fill out the survey until March 12.
The last two school years, PCS has lost $500,000 each year in state aid.
“We’re hoping we’re not going to lose anymore. We had a slight increase, close to $200,000, in state aid this year,” Hasty said.
Officials preparing the final budget have to estimate revenue to some extent because property valuations are not done until Aug. 20. “Our budget is due into the state Sept. 20 after school has started,” he said.
Hasty said the state did not modify the state aid formula this year, but that it will be done for the 2019-20 school year.