The David Douglas Budget Committee has approved the District’s proposed budget for the 2022-23 school year. The $244 million budget was approved unanimously by the committee on May 2.
The approved budget’s general fund, which pays for most day-to-day programming and salaries, is about $139.3 million, an $8 million increase over the current general fund. The rest of the District’s budget is made up of special funds like grants, federal funding for things like nutrition services, past bond debt funds, etc. You can see the entire approved budget, as well as past budgets, here.
Some highlights of the approved budget includes the state’s Student Investment Account, which will provide almost $8 million in grant funds that the District will invest in about 24 teachers, 21 instructional assistants and 14.5 counselors, with an emphasis on student mental health and social/emotional well being.
Budget decisions were made guided by the District’s Strategic Plan and Equity Plan. This budget makes an investment in restorative practices, including the addition of 9 elementary assistant principals who will be focused on restorative practices in their schools, as well as the additions of school psychologists and social workers to support districtwide.
The Budget Committee consists of seven community members appointed by the School Board, in addition to the Board members themselves. The School Board will vote on final adoption of the 2022-23 budget during its regular meeting on Thursday, June 16.