Just before authorizing district staff to transfer and encumber funds the end of the fiscal year, the Lansing School Board on Monday voted to amend its 2012-2013 budget.
The board authorized a hearing for the budget amendment at its May meeting. School Superintendent Randy Bagby said the reason the district had to republish was actually a positive one.
“We had more numbers than we budgeted for,” he said.
The “numbers” Bagby was referring to was student enrollment as audited by the Kansas State Department of Education, a figure used, along with different “weightings” assigned for the portion of the student population that meets criteria like at-risk or requiring special education, to determine a given district's state aid.
During the budgeting process last year, Bagby estimated “head count” enrollment at 2,550 students during the 2012-2013 school year. The actual figure, as of the KSDE audit, was 2,576. Enrollment with the state's weightings included were 3,576 as budgeted versus 3,597, according to the KSDE audit.
Though the district was owed funding as a result, Bagby said it was not the more than $106,000 he had previously reported.
“As it turns, it's only about $81,000,” he said. “Special education actually went down, so most of that increase is in headcount.”
Despite that, Bagby said the news of the audit was good for the constituents of the district.
“It doesn't cost any of our local taxpayers anything,” he said.
That additional funding will be put in the general fund and in the special education fund. Some of it could be used for cash balances, allowing the district to operate in the month between when its 2012-2013 fiscal year ends and before its 2013-2014 school year budget starts.
The board voted to republish the general and special education fund budgets.