Superintendent Martinez Breaks Down 2013-2014 WCSD Budget

By: Rebecca.Kitchen Email
By: Rebecca.Kitchen Email

RENO, Nev. - Washoe County Superintendent Pedro Martinez wants you to know how the school district is spending your money.

Throughout the next couple of weeks, Martinez will be hosting budget town hall meetings, and he's welcoming you to attend.

At Wooster High School Monday, the first of 10 town hall meetings designed to discuss the school district's general operation and capital funds budgets.

The final numbers will be decided by the current legislative session, but the WCSD is projecting a $32 million deficit for the 2013-2014 school year.

Superintendent Martinez says he's trying to use the money wisely, but cuts still have to be made. He says he's trying hard to keep the cuts out of the classroom; something he has managed to do for the coming year, but he worries about the long term.

"We're facing some serious challenges with our funding," he said. "We are dipping into our savings, and that's not sustainable."

The presentation breaks down where the money they do have is being spent. Martinez also spends time discussing Assembly Bill 46, the capital funds bill currently before the Legislature.

Despite budget shortfalls, Martinez says he's committed to expanding academic and after school programs.

"I know that we have children that are that advanced, and so I want to make sure we're serving them," he said, citing an expansion of gifted student programs.

"At the same time, I have children that live in poverty, that don't have supports at home. So I want to make sure they're supported as well. , so it's a tricky balance, but I'm committed to it."

That commitment was matched Monday when Governor Sandoval announce an extra $25 million will be put toward K-12 education- specifically geared towards funding English Language Learning programs and all-day kindergarten.

The extra money funded by lower than projected employee medical costs in the Distributive School Account (DSA), lower than projected Medicaid caseloads and a higher than projected federal Medicaid match (FMAP).

The remaining meetings are scheduled for the following locations and times.

Wednesday, April 3 6 p.m.
Reed High School
1350 Baring Blvd. Sparks

Thursday, April 4 6 p.m.
Donner Springs Elementary School
5125 Escuela Way Reno

Tuesday, April 9 6 p.m.
Sun Valley Community Center
115 W. Sixth Avenue Sun Valley

Wednesday, April 10 6 p.m.
Incline Parasol Building
948 Incline Way Incline Village

Thursday,April 11 6 p.m.
Boys and Girls Club
2680 E. Ninth Street Reno
(Meeting will be conducted in Spanish. English interpretation will be provided.)

Monday, April 15 6 p.m.
Caughlin Ranch Elementary School
4885 Village Green Parkway Reno

Wednesday, April 17 6 p.m.
Pleasant Valley Elementary School
405 Surrey Drive Reno

Thursday, April 18 6 p.m.
Depoali Middle School
9300 Wilbur May Parkway Reno

Saturday, April 20 10 a.m.
Billinghurst Middle School
6685 Chesterfield Lane Reno


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