School board approves budget, renews Jensen’s contract

Finishing up some end-of-the-school-year business, the Humboldt County School District Board of Trustees held a short 2018-2019 budget hearing on May 23 in the Lowry High School library to discuss some last-minute changes before approving the budget as final.

Superintendent Dave Jensen explained that the district hadn’t received promised information about Net Proceeds from Minerals. Per NRS, the district must submit a finalized budget to the board of trustees by the end of May.

“What we are finding is that the government does not believe that they are held accountable to statute,” Jensen said. “Even though we are, they are not. So, we have not received our preliminary allocation for Net Proceeds of Minerals ... We were supposed to have the preliminary allocation for net proceeds on May 1. Here we are, May 23, and still no answer.”

Jensen said he would update the board when those figures come in. He explained one small change to the budget, then the board approved the final budget unanimously.

Contrary to a report on Facebook, the board meeting did not include altering the tax rate or bond.

During the previous night’s regular school board meeting, the board also voted unanimously to renew Jensen’s contract as superintendent.