Posted: 10:40 p.m. MST
Governing board members of the Yuma Union High School District set the funds for the next school Wednesday night.
Six high schools in the district will divvy up $67.6 million for the 2013-2014 school year.
But where does all the money go?
"About 75 to 80 percent of our budget is in people costs,” explained Toni Badone, YUHSD superintendent. “Teachers of course, folks to run the campuses, a lot of administrative supports … to make sure the campuses are safe, that we're doing what we need to do to make our students college and career ready."
The Arizona State Constitution requires the legislature to provide funding for school systems.
Some of the funding comes from the state's general fund and private donations.
But much of it comes from local property taxes.
Superintendent Badone insures they use tax payers’ money wisely.
"Money is really used very frugally in our district,” said Badone. “We come in under budget each year … and we roll over about four percent of our budget. That's the most we can roll over each year with it going back to the state."
A districts budget comes from a state-approved per-pupil amount.
This year, including funds rolled over, Yuma Union will count on $40 per student--up $9 from last year.
"Prop 301 moneys have increased,” said Badone. “We're really pleased to see that, because that goes into teacher salaries. That's certainly a nice benefit."
Badone says though the latest budget is better than recent years funding is still behind. "We’re still not funded at 2008 levels. That tells it all I think."