School finances on board agenda

Union Democrat staff

The Board of Trustees at Bret Harte Union High School District will get a budget update Monday and review expenditures from the $18 million Measure K, passed by district voters in 2008.

Bret Harte High Superintendent Mike Chimente said the budget report reflects at least some good news for the district, since the passage of Proposition 30 will spare it a cut of about $280,000 this year.

But unlike most other school districts in Tuolumne and Calaveras counties, Bret HarteHigh's primary source of funding is local property taxes.

The alternative funding model means that Bret Harte High's budget won't entirely stabilize until property taxes "level out," Chimente said.

Also at Monday's meeting, the board will consider approving a report on the spending of funds from Measure K, passed by district voters in 2008.

The district's bond oversight committee certified that bond money has been spent appropriately, according to Chimente.

Bret Harte High most recently spent about $5 million on the construction of a new two-story science building and related costs.

In other business Monday, three returning board members will be sworn in. They are Rodger Orman, Jeff Rasmussen and Tony Tyrrell, all re-elected Nov. 6.

PUBLIC MEETING: Bret Harte Union High School District Board of Trustees, 5 p.m. Monday, District Board Room, 323 S. Main St., Angels Camp.

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