Board Approves 2018-2019 Budget with Promising Outlook

During the most recent regular meeting of the Staunton CUSD #6 Board of Education held on September 20, 2018 the Board approved the Fiscal Year 2019 District Budget.  The recently approved budget contains the brightest fiscal outlook in over a decade for Staunton Schools. When developing the budget, Superintendent Cox and the Board of Education adhere to the following guiding principles:

Students First: We consider the impact on students when making all decisions.

Community Dedication: We listen to our community so that we may provide the highest level of service, and we conduct our business with transparency, honesty, and integrity.

Communication: We share information regularly through meetings, e-mails, media, social media, our website and other means. Questions and comments are always welcomed in order for us to serve our community better.

Financial Stewardship: We respect all funding sources and especially taxpayer dollars. We take our fiduciary responsibility to make efficient and effective use of our revenue very seriously so that the greatest impact on student instruction is made.

Productivity: Work collaboratively to complete tasks in a timely manner, and continually review our process to maximize our efficiency.

Quality: We continuously seek ways to improve the quality of our work and service we provide to students, staff and community.

To accompany the final budget the District has produced The Staunton CUSD #6 Budget at a Glance  report to continue the community conversation about fiscal accountability and student achievement. Superintendent Cox describes the budget development process by saying,

We are proud to be part of a community that values education, its’ children, and its’ future. We take seriously our responsibility to educate our students and to provide sound financial planning for our school district. Our goal is to utilize the budget as a resource on improving instruction and enhancing the day-to-day interaction between staff and students. We work hard on prioritizing responsible District funding by allocating and reallocating resources so that the greatest impact on student instruction can be made. The Staunton School District will continue to honor the values, priorities, and goals of our schools and we look forward to working with our community as partners in education.

The 2018-2019 Budget may be viewed in its’ entirety at

In other action items the Board approved the District 10-Year Health Life Safety Plan and the following items on the Personnel Report:

  • The resignation of Tina Posey as a cook. Ms. Posey has accepted a position with Opaa! Food Services and will remain a cook with Staunton CUSD #6.
  • Custodian Position Hire: Laurie Bernardini
  • Approval of Volunteers: Brad Fulk, Model United Nations Sponsor
  • Recognition of a maternity leave request for Kara Schulte from January 4, 2019-March 29-2019 and a paternity leave request for Steve Shor from February 22, 2019 – March 8, 2019.
  • Extension of the Transportation Director contract for Brandon Ray effective July 1, 2018-June 30, 2019.
  • An unpaid leave of absence for Diane DalPazzo and Lori Hassard from September 21, 2018 through October 16, 2018

Additional details regarding discussion and action items from the meeting may be found by reading the Summary of Minutes