Budget 911

State Budget Affects GUHSD

Public education in Arizona recently took a huge financial hit as lawmakers worked to balance a budget with a $1.6 billion deficit for the remainder of the 2008-09 fiscal year.  In the end,  K-12 education was cut more than $115 million. As a result, Glendale Union High School District is faced with cutting at least $1.8 million from its current operating and capital budgets by June 30, 2009.

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In the last four years, district revenues have increased due to student growth and state base support level increases designed to provide for inflation and retirement increases. The state’s share of district revenues has increased due to student growth, inflationary funding, shifting of property tax responsibilities from business to the state, and legislative suspension of county equalization taxes. District expenditures have correspondingly increased, primarily due to inflationary increases in utility rates, retirement contribution rates, health care costs, special education, and transportation costs.

The district believes that the sound fiscal management demonstrated combined with the outstanding instructional and support staff contributes directly to the district's 7 excelling and 2 highly performing schools. We believe that the 2008-2009 budget reductions will be managed with travel reductions, capital and hiring freezes, foregoing current capital needs, reduced professional development, and expenditure of carryover funds. Proposed 2009-2010 reductions will more substantially impact district operations and staffing.

Click here to read more about the district's budget from 2004-2008.