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Higley district approves $104M budget

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Posted: Wednesday, July 8, 2009 10:16 pm | Updated: 2:12 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

The Higley Unified School District governing board approved a $104 million budget Wednesday night for the 2009-10 school year.

The budget is the same as the proposed budget the board approved on June 25.

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The bulk of the budget is $48.3 million for maintenance and operations, which pays for the majority of instructional costs, student transportation, general upkeep of district facilities and district administration and support.

Despite the changes the Legislature approved on Monday, school districts must wait to enter those amounts in their budget until new forms are received by the Arizona Department of Education, said Kent DeYoung, Higley's chief financial officer.

"State statute says that the adopted budget totals cannot exceed the proposed budget totals," DeYoung said. "The auditor general and the (education department) will work to revise the forms and send it out to the schools. Then we can amend the budget from the legislative changes."

School districts have until Sept. 15 to amend their budgets. DeYoung expects Higley to amend its budget in early September.

The Higley district cut about $5 million, based on the "worst-case scenario" of a 10 percent projected state budget cut.

The $52.4 million budget previously reported by the Tribune only accounted for budgeted expenditures, including maintenance and operations.

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