JCPS Board approves $1.3B budget for next school year - WDRB 41 Louisville News

JCPS Board approves $1.3B budget for next school year

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JCPS Board members approved a $1.3 billion budget May 27. JCPS Board members approved a $1.3 billion budget May 27.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- JCPS board members approved a tentative $1.3 billion dollar budget Tuesday night for next school year.

The move comes less than a week after an audit found spending issues within the district.

The district says money in the budget was already allocated before the audit even happened, and it doesn't affect what's being spent for next year.

The $1.3 billion budget will be used to support more than 100,000 students and 6,400 teachers at the district's 155 schools.

The money will help pay for several things including building maintenance, salaries, food and bussing students to and from school.

JCPS says it made adjustments following a 2011 Curriculum Management audit including freezing administrative salaries and hiring assistant principals at every elementary school.

The recent JCPS state audit didn't notice any corruption or fraud in spending, but it did find more than 360 employees making six figure salaries while teachers spend their own money to meet classroom needs. The district says that audit was finished long after the budget was figured out and does not impact the next school year's finances.

Superintendent Donna Hargens says the district will respond to the state audit in two months, but the goal now for this budget is having a strategic plan and making sure money is spent on students so they succeed.

"Increased spending directed toward students can be accomplished again in three ways: increase revenue, decrease spending, repurpose or reallocate funds. We want you to know that we are committed to accounting for every dollar and its impact," Hargens said.

The district says the current budget is not based on raising taxes.

The final one will be figured out later this fall, after other numbers come in like final enrollment, grant funding, and property valuations.

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