•  With a conservative mindset and respect for taxpayer dollars, Sedalia School District 200 makes decisions based on the needs of students, district facilities, and continuing to employ highly qualified staff.

    Policy goals are for a balanced budget, to maintain operating balance reserves at a minimum of 15 percent and to base financial planning on the best educational practices and safety. The budget is divided into four separate funds. Fund 1 is for operating expenses, Fund 2 covers teacher wages and Fund 4 is for capital projects and equipment; Fund 3 is reserved for general obligation bonds (Sedalia 200 has not sold general obligation bonds for levy or construction purposes since the 1980s). The district has been able to take advantage of multiple re-funding opportunities on our Fund 4 long-term debt obligations that resulted in stretching local tax revenues to both save money and add additional facilities and upgrades since the approval of the temporary operating levy passed in 2007.

    The current Sedalia 200 budget shows expenditures for capital projects at 7.5%, general administration services are 7.4%, plant operations are 10%, and the remaining balance of 75% goes to student support, including teacher salaries, books and supplies, special education, Federal Title programs, etc.

    District revenues come from four sources. The District receives 40% of funding from local sources, 2% from county funding, 40% from state funding, and 18% from federal funding.

    The district is constantly forecasting to be better prepared for its future. It is engaged in proactive planning to address student needs, including staffing, building projects, facilities, safety, technology and other elements that will help better prepare students in Sedalia for a lifetime of success.

    Dr. Todd Fraley
    Superintendent of Schools