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"Enrollment down, budget up at CKSD"

"Despite enrollment drops, the Central Kitsap School District plans to spend more money than ever in the coming academic year.A proposed 2000-2001 budget presented to the school board June 28 would have the district spending more than $92 million, up from the $84.5 million the district spent in 1999-2000. Assistant Superintendent Gary Powell said the district is able to spend more money because of help from the state and federal governments.The proposed budget incorporates reductions discussed by the school board in May to make up for a drop in enrollment. Powell said his office would keep a close eye on enrollment figures.We see it as a very serious thing, Powell said.Some of the programs cut in response to enrollment figures - security, student activities and some salaries were among them - could be reinstated this fall if other funding becomes available.The proposed budget also includes spending $500,000 in heavy impact money the district receives from the federal government.The district's largest source of revenue, however, will continue to be the state. The state is expected to provide more than $54.5 million, or more more than 62 percent of the district's budget.More than 70 percent of the district's proposed expenditures would go toward basic education and general support services. The remainder would be spent on a variety of specialized programs, such as gifted and talented programs. Taking the biggest budget cut were several special pilot programs. The district expects to spend just $85,870 on those programs this year, down from $383,931 in 1999-2000. District revenues are expected to be $87.75 million, but money left over from previous budgets boosts spending to the $92 million figure.The school board hopes to have the budget finalized by its July 19 meeting. Budget details are available at www.cksd.wednet.edu/business/budget."

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