KPS presents budget: Lowest state aid in 22 years

KPS presents budget: Lowest state aid in 22 years

KEARNEY, Neb. (KGFW) – The Kearney Public Schools Board of Education will present the preliminary fiscal year 2019 budget at this evenings regular meeting.

The proposed budget includes another loss in state aid – a $1.2M decrease (15.23%). KPS has seen a two year decrease of $3.1M in state aid. This year, according to KPS, the district will receive the lowest amount of state aid funding since 1996-1997.

Over the past year, KPS has cut seven positions despite growing enrollment and have reduced staff hours in an effort to cut costs.

The proposed FY19 budget includes a 2.03% general fund increase and a $100,000 (12.5%) utility rate hike.

At $80,571,156, the overall proposed budget comes in 4.6% lower than last year.

The Board will also discuss and consider the conditionally approved High School Baseball program. The board previously granted conditional approval if supporters could raise $250,000 privately by September 1.

The Kearney Public Schools Board meets the second Monday of each month at 5:30pm at Sunrise Middle School.