School funding up slightly, but so are district expenses

By Randy Wyrick

EAGLE — Local schools will get a little more state money next year, but rising retirement, health insurance and personnel costs will devour almost every dime.The school board approved the 2016-17 budget, which sees a $126 increase in per-pupil funding for each little blessing from above. That brings the total to $7,716 per pupil.Add it all up, and the total 2016-17 school district budget is $95 million.The general fund budget is $66 million. That’s the checkbook by which the school district conducts its day-to-day business, like paying people and educating kids.Asking for a tax increaseWhile some school districts across the …

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