LONGMONT -- The St. Vrain Valley School District Board of Education unanimously approved its 2012-13 budget, but not before vice president Bob Smith spoke on the lack of school funding.
"I just don't think we're on a sustainable course," said Smith, who was acting as president in John Creighton's absence. Board director Mike Schiers also was absent.
Along those lines, the school board members finished their last meeting of the fiscal year by discussing the possibility of asking voters to approve in November a mill-levy override.
Last week, the school board heard details of two possible proposals: a $16.3 million override and a $13.8 million override.
Creighton said then that if voters approved a $16.3 million mill-levy override, the district would have enough money to continue its programming for the next five years, even if the state doesn't increase the per-pupil revenue in that time.
Superintendent Don Haddad emphasized Wednesday that the reserves are not enough to sustain the district without a mill-levy increase.
"What we're trying to do is find that dollar amount ... that we can continue to move the district forward on the same trajectory as we have," he said.
Of the two amounts presented last week, Haddad said he would recommend the board ask voters to approve the $13.8 million override, even though balancing the budget still would be challenging and involve cuts.
"We will most likely be closing our adult education (program)," Haddad said.
Board director Rod Schmidt said he doesn't like the $13.8 million request because it would still leave the district with a $10 million deficit in 2018, unless class sizes stay what they will be this coming year.
At Creighton's request, district staff this week presented information about a $14.8 million proposal. That proposal would leave the district with a $4 million deficit in five years, which Haddad and the board members indicated could be handled through the district's continued focus on efficiencies.
During its Aug. 8 meeting, the school board will decide whether to put the tax-increase question on the ballot. The board doesn't meet in July.
The budget that was approved Wednesday includes $201.5 million in general fund revenues -- the district's income used to cover operations -- and general fund expenditures of $207.2 million. The district is using $5.8 million from its reserves to balance the budget.
The district is receiving $6,332 per pupil from the state, the same it received this year.
Chief financial officer Terry Schueler said the district did not receive any public comment regarding the budget, which was online for more than one month. The district also held a public hearing on the planning document, but no one attended.
To see the St. Vrain Valley School District's 2012-13 budget, visit TimesCall.com.