Farmington — Central Consolidated School District board members will host a special meeting on Tuesday to consider adopting the district's budget for the 2014-2015 school year.
The operational budget is expected to be about $58.16 million.
The largest sources of funding include the state Public Education Department, which is projected to provide CCSD about $29.88 million, and the federal government, which is expected to provide about $17 million in impact aid funding.
The district's finance director, Andrea Tasan, presented the proposed budget at a public hearing on Thursday at the Phil L. Thomas Performing Arts Center in Shiprock.
As far as staffing, Tasan said the number of kindergarten teachers in the district is expected to decrease from 28 to 27 because one teacher will transfer to the first grade.
"They anticipate a larger number of students at the first grade," Tasan said.
Also, the number of gifted education instructors should increase by one, Tasan said.
There will also be an increase in teachers for the elementary school fine arts programs, and a dean of students will be added at Newcomb High School.
Eva B. Stokley Elementary School in Shiprock will add a fourth-grade teacher and an educational assistant to its Diné Bi' Olta' Magnet Immersion program.
The Navajo immersion classes started in fall 2013 with kindergarten, first and second grades. Classes expanded this year to include the third grade. They will grow to include fourth grade in fall 2014 and fifth-grade classes the following year.
The district's fiscal year starts July 1 and continue through June 30, 2015.
CCSD spokesman James Preminger said if board members approve the budget on Tuesday, it will be submitted on Wednesday to the New Mexico Public Education Department.
The special meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the district's Shiprock board room.
According to a district press release, other items on the agenda are reports, and board members will take action on items, including approval of the 21st Century Grant.
The grant is part of a state Public Education Department's program to establish community learning centers that operate during non-school hours and provide academic enrichment programs for at-risk students.Noel Lyn Smith covers the Navajo Nation for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4636 and firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @nsmithdt on Twitter.