Wichita’s school board heard the first draft of the district’s $686 million budget Monday night.
The new budget represents an increase of $43 million over last year's budget. Of the new money, $25 million is locked in for funds like KPERS while the remaining $18 million exists in the more flexible general, supplemental and weighted funds.
The main driver of the larger budget is increased state aid. Higher property values also helped. The mill levy rate is also being lowered with the new budget.
The increased funding is a break from years of shrinking budgets.