The Tumwater School Board voted 4-0 Thursday to adopt a $67.16 million budget for the 2014-15 school year.
School board member Kim Reykdal was absent from the meeting.
This year’s budget won’t feature any cuts to district programs, and is up from the 2013-14 budget of $64.97 million, according to district spokeswoman Kim Howard. It will leave the district with an ending fund balance of about $5.1 million, according to budget documents.
The spending plan includes:
Also during the meeting, the School Board:
The latest price tag for black mold repairs at Black Hills High School is $1.44 million, and the school is on track to be open in time for students next week, he said. The building’s air quality has been deemed safe, but workers will continue to monitor it, he said.
The district has checked for Mazama pocket gophers, which were recently listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, at five sites that it wants to build on. Those sites include the campuses of Peter G. Schmidt and Littlerock elementary schools, which are getting new facilities through the 2014 bond package.
“We don’t have gophers on any of these sites, so we don’t think we have to worry,” Murray said.
District officials will need to work with the city of Tumwater, Thurston County and the state Department of Fish and Wildlife to get the all-clear on gophers and habitat conservation before they begin each of the projects, he said.
“We want the children to see men and women and diversity in a variety of roles,” Scouller added.