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Picayune School Board Approves 2022-2023 Budget – Picayune Item

The Picayune School District Board of Trustees approved next year’s budget at a meeting Tuesday night.

Outgoing chief financial officer Lisa Persick said the total valuation in the district increased from $186 million in the 2020-21 fiscal year to $189 million in the 2021-22 fiscal year. .

As for grant funding resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, it totaled $19 million, from both Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security and Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief. She said the funding was used to help pay for teachers’ aides’ salaries and benefits. These totals do not include grants or reimbursements given to Early Head Start and to cover expenses related to the purchase of cleaning supplies and masks due to COVID respectively.

In next year’s budget, Persick said she included funds to cover purchases of two Dodge Durangos for school resource officers, one of which is a necessary replacement after the previous vehicle was damaged. during a collision, and the second is needed for additional resource agent. position approved by the board earlier this year.

Staff and administrative increases were also included in the budget. Persick added that Superintendent Dean Shaw refused the $3,000 per year raise for all directors.

Hourly employees all received a raise of 0.75 per hour.

Persick informed the board that positions funded by COVID grant funding will either have to be reduced or added to the overall budget when the funds run out, she said.

The construction of new security entrances for all campuses was also included in the budget, to be paid for by ESSER funds.

Persick said the fund balance for the district will total $2.4 million at the start of July this year and is expected to reach $1.9 million by the end of the next fiscal year. .

In total, the budget will forecast total revenue of $63 million, which will include $11 million in local funding, $18 million in state funding, $27 million in federal funding, and approximately $5.7 million in dollars from other funding.

Spending is expected to be $26 million to cover instruction, $19.7 million for support services, $3.6 million for non-teaching services, $4.7 million for construction and $7.6 million for other financial requirements.

Even though the budget has grown, Persick said the increase in assessed assessments combined with the COVID grant money will mean ratepayers shouldn’t see an increase in ad valorem taxes, especially since the district already has reached its ceiling of 55 mills.

Persick retires from the school district before the start of the new school year. His replacement will be Micah Necaise.