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HOW OUR BUDGET IS ADOPTED

The Dysart Unified School District is statutorily required to publish a proposed budget prior to holding a public hearing and meeting to adopt the budget. The proposed budget summary and notice of public hearing has been electronically transmitted to the Superintendent of Public Instruction and may be viewed here:

2023 Proposed Budget Notice of Public Hearing

The Dysart Unified School District's proposed budget and summary was adopted by the Governing Board at its July 14, 2022 meeting and has been electronically transmitted to the Superintendent of Public Instruction for posting on their website. The adopted budget as presented on the ADE website may be viewed here: 2022-2023 Adopted Budget

The Dysart Unified School District's adopted budget was revised by the Governing Board at its July 28, 2022 meeting and has been electronically transmitted to the Superintendent of Public Instruction for posting on their website. The most recent revised budget as presented on the ADE website may be viewed here: 2022-2023 Revised Budget.

HOW DYSART IS FUNDED

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The Dysart Unified School District receives its funding from three main sources: the State of Arizona (47%), the Federal Government (10%), and other local revenues, which include property taxes (43%).

Federal money is designated for such things as special education services and to support the learning needs of students from low-income families using Title I funds. That money can only be used for specifically allowed purposes according to grant requirements to support those programs.

State and local funding is broken down into two primary sources of funding: Maintenance & Operations (M&O), and Capital. The M&O Fund is the District’s operating fund which accounts for necessary operating expenses such as salaries, supplies, transportation services, and utilities. Capital expenses are durable items such as buildings, furniture, equipment, technology, textbooks, and buses.

ADDITIONAL FUNDING SOURCES

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Override Information

The district currently has a 15% M&O Override helping to maintain current class sizes, keep teacher salaries competitive, support reading and math, maintains arts, PE and athletics programs, and provide full-day kindergarten.

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Bond Information

Dysart had a bond question on the 2006 ballot that was approved by voters. The bond was approved for up to $192 million, however, the district only ended up selling bonds for $122 million. Bonds are typically sold and then paid back over a range of 1 to 20 years.

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OVERALL SPENDING SUMMARY

73.2%

Classroom Spending & Support

18%

Maintenance, Transportation & Food Services

8.8%

Administration

THE PROCESS BY WHICH DYSART SPENDS MONEY

The Dysart School District goes through a very extensive process whenever money is spent. A request to purchase a good and/or service is submitted and then reviewed and approved at various checkpoints to ensure compliance with all the rules and regulations regarding the purchase. After approval the request is converted into a purchase order and transmitted to the vendor.

Even with all the different approvers, the purchase continues to be reviewed once the goods or services are provided to ensure that the district receives what was ordered and only pays the agreed upon price.

Annually, all expenses are subject to internal and external reviews by both the District and an external auditor, who analyzes Dysart’s internal “controls”, which are procedures put in place to protect the District’s assets. The District’s independent audit of its financial statements has consistently received an unmodified opinion, which indicates they are free of material misstatements.

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Average Teacher Salary

With the Governing Board revision of the adopted FY 2023 budget, the Dysart Unified School District is proud to announce the average salary of all teachers employed in FY 2023 is $54,713. As a comparison, the average salary of all teachers employed in FY 2022 was $52,562, an increase in average teacher salaries from the previous year of $2,151, a percentage increase of 4%.

Chart to the right represents Average Teacher Salary, per the Auditor General Spending Analysis, which includes Classroom Site Fund additional compensation.

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