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KONZ | A look at JCPS' $1.4 billion budget - how is the money spent?

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- It's budgeting season in Jefferson County Public Schools and Superintendent Donna Hargens and her cabinet members have been meeting with others in the district to go over budget requests for the 2015-16 year.

The Jefferson County Board of Education will receive another update on the budgeting process during Monday's 7 p.m. meeting at Moore Traditional School. Board members have asked for specific details on how the district's money is being spread out to schools and have urged Hargens to find additional funding for early childhood education, as the latest data shows only half of district's kindergartners were considered ready for school in the fall of 2014.

The current year's budget is $1.3 billion, and next year's budget is expected to be approximately $1.4 billion, with $1.1 billion being funded by the general fund. 

District-level meetings with Hargens and her staff will take place through April, which is when new budget requests, if any, are added to the tentative budget which be up for board approval in May. There have been several cuts that have been discussed, including reducing the number of extended days for elementary and middle school principals and the possible merger of the district's two teenage parenting programs at Westport TAPP and Southpark TAPP.

A new presentation put together by chief financial officer Cordelia Hardin outlines where the money goes in JCPS, by department. 

Overall, nearly $800 million of the general fund -- or approximately 70 percent -- of the district's budget goes directly to schools. About 26 percent (about $295 million) goes to school support, which includes transportation, special education teachers and support personnel and the remaining 4 percent (about $45 million) goes to business offices, which includes finance, human resources and the central office.

As expected, the district's biggest expense is salaries. In 2014-15, $487 million is going to pay certified employee salaries, while $191 million is going to pay for classified employee salaries.

During Monday's meeting, Hardin says officials from each of the district's departments will explain what they do the services they provide to students.

A few tidbits from the PowerPoint:

- JCPS has 6,586 employees in its elementary schools, which makes up for about $331 million -- or 23.8 percent of the district's total budget.- There are 2,023 employees in its elementary schools, which makes up for about $130 million -- or 9.4 percent of the overall budget.

- The district has 2,966 employees in its high schools, which makes up for about $191 million -- or 13.8 percent of the overall budget.

- There are 1,344 employees in the transportation department (including 1,103 bud drivers), which accounts for $70 million, or 5 percent of the overall budget.

- There are 891 early childhood education employees, which accounts for $37 million, or 2.7 percent of the total budget.

- Utilities and insurance costs approximately $154 million annually, which is about 11 percent of the total budget.

PDF DOCUMENT | 2014-15 Working Budget for JCPS 

Reporter Antoinette Konz can be reached at 585-0838 or @tkonz on Twitter.

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