The primary cause for the district’s slight increase in state aid was that local tax revenue decreased, ultimately spelling an additional $166,420 in state aid going to NPS.
Currently, Burkett said the NPS budget is $35.4 million, with $3,038 being spent on each student.
“Back in 2010, the highest state aid we got was $38.2 million for 21,600 weighted students. We’re now at 23,400 weighted students and we’re getting $3 million less on those additional kids. I can assure you this is a reduction, and not where we need to be — we’re having to do less with less,” Burkett said.
Policy changes made by the board were predominantly small language adaptations to align with Teacher/Leader Effective reforms as approved the state, to be implemented this year. Additional changes lengthened deadlines for transfer students’ enrollment and allowed for observation of teachers in their classrooms for evaluation.
Most notable among the changes was a policy update pertaining to Senate Bill 259, requiring schools to report all incidents involving discovery of a firearm on campus to police.
“This was already a practice of NPS, but this change makes it official policy,” Siano said.
The Norman Board also began the meeting by recognizing Central Services’ Employee of the Year and Department of the Year: 18-year employee Leon Caskey and the Paint Department, respectively.