Little hand saving money in pink piggy bank

At the April 23 Peoria Unified School District governing board meeting, board president David Sandoval asked for a budget recommendation on May 14 to prepare for a vote on May 28. 

He noted ballot measures must be provided to Maricopa County Elections by June 6 to be on the November ballot.

A budget team made up of 32 teachers and PUSD administrators, including Dr. Jason Reynolds, the deputy superintendent who will soon become the district superintendent, presented its recommendations at a May 14 board meeting.

The total of the new budget being recommended is $12.6 million.

The team presented three options for teacher salaries.

All three options increase certified staff and teacher minimum salaries to $40,114, with 5% salary increases for current teachers and certified staff. Administrator salary increases in the three options range from 3% to 5%.

The current minimum teacher salary is $34,678.

The budget team noted several considerations in funding the district’s salaries and other operations.

The next school year is the last full year of the 13% maintenance and operations override previously approved by voters. An extension was narrowly defeated last November.

If not the M&O override is not renewed by voters in November, over $9 million dollars will need to be cut from the next budget, the budget team advised.

The PUSD budget team also noted many districts are expecting reductions in some funding due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The board is expected to vote for one of the options at its next meeting, 6 p.m. Thursday, May 28.

For agendas and information on how to view the board meetings, visit.peoriaunified.org/Page/118.