Education
1:44 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

OPS board approves 2013-14 budget

The Omaha Public Schools board has unanimously approved the district’s 2013-14 budget.

The $505 million general fund budget is about 4.4 percent larger than the previous fiscal year’s spending plan. It includes the opening of two new schools: Alfonza W. Davis Middle School and Gateway Elementary School.

Board president Justin Wayne says next month, the OPS board will begin looking at a new way of putting together the budget.

"We're going to look at other school districts that have what is deemed to be a more transparent budget, and we're going to work with staff, and administrators, and the board to come up with a different budgeting process to make sure everybody's involved and everybody has a voice, not to say that we don't already, I think we do. But we're going to enhance the current budgeting process and make improvements."

The 2013-2014 general fund budget for special education is up 5.8 percent from the previous fiscal year. Board members also approved the ESU 19 budget and the property tax levy for this fiscal year.

More information on the budget is available at www.ops.org.