Coast Unified School District trustees Thursday night approved a budget of more than $10 million for the 2015-16 school year.
The 4-0 vote came after a presentation by the district’s business manager, Annie Lachance, that detailed budgeted general fund revenues of $10.93 million and expenses of $10.46 million — putting the district some $470,000 in the black for the coming year.
Salaries and benefits accounted for the lion’s share of the expenses at nearly 78 percent, with the rest going to operating services (16.9 percent) and materials and supplies (5.2 percent). She said the 2015-16 budget assumed a 2 percent increase in the tax roll.
Lachance also called the board’s attention to anticipated escalating costs of maintaining district retirement funds over the next five years.
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Lachance detailed some examples of major expenditures by the district during the 2014-15 fiscal year. Among them:
- $82,584 for iPods at Santa Lucia Middle School.
- $34,794 for a computer lab at Cambria Grammar School.
- $49,977 for the purchase of two vans.
Also Thursday, the board heard a presentation from fifth-grade teacher Sarah Moore on that class’ five-day field trip to Yosemite National Park.
Moore said the Cambria Grammar School class was the only one in the state to take such a field trip and that it provided the students with a rare opportunity: “Maybe three kids had been there before,” she said. “Most of them had never been to (Yosemite) Valley before.”
In other action, the board set Aug. 5 as the date to appoint a provisional member to replace Judith Hillen, who moved out of the area, and decided to wait until that date to elect a new board clerk.