(ASHLAND, KY) – Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) Associate Commissioner Robin Kinney and KDE Division Director Charles Harman provided a 2020-2022 Biennial Budget Update to the Kentucky Board of Education at its April 8 meeting.
Kinney said budget staff have begun preliminary discussions with KDE associate commissioners regarding the formulation of the 2020-2022 biennial Budget Request.
At the June KBE meeting, staff will bring forward suggestions for potential 2020-2022 Budget Request priorities. KDE staff will brief the state board members at their meeting in August about budget requests and seek board input concerning prioritization of major budget issues. The final budget will be presented for the KBE’s approval at the October board meeting and then submitted to the governor’s office in November.
KBE Chairman Hal Heiner requested that prior to the June meeting, staff create a detailed current and historical analysis of both KDE’s budget and the operating budget for districts throughout the state, so that more conversations can be had on how rising health care and pension costs have impacted classroom spending.
Other Business Conducted
The following action items were approved by KBE during the April board meeting:
- Statement of consideration for social studies standards 704 KAR 8:060;
- Agency amendment to 703 KAR 5:270, Kentucky’s Accountability System;
- Adoption of special education policies and procedures for the Kentucky School for the Deaf and Kentucky School for the Blind;
- Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act State Transition Plan for 2019-2020;
- Request from Woodford County High School for an alternative model of school-based decision making;
- New District Facility Plans for Rowan County, Todd County and Washington County school districts;
- District Facility Plan Amendments for the Warren County School District;
- 2018-2019 local district tax rates levied;
- Daviess County School District’s request for site acquisition approval that exceeds 10% of the maximum budget per 702 KAR 4:050; and
- Request from Ft. Thomas Independent for a waiver of 702 KAR 5:060.
Additional information on action items can be found online at KDE’s meeting portal. Video of the meeting is also online on the KDE media portal. The next KBE meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, June 5 in Frankfort.