Frequently Asked Questions
The business team collects student, staff and financial data, performs analysis, appropriates funds and facilitates the completion and submission of the Districts' budget and expenditures as well as completion of annual financial reports.
All of the business team has their contact information, for everyone on the team posted on the main page of the Business and Finance website. If you would like to contact us through the website, you can click on the 'contact us' button found on the left hand column of our page as well and send us your comments, concerns and questions. We will reply as soon as possible.
Business related forms are available for employees in the employee login portion of the website. You can also find more information on the Employee Self-Service portion of iVisions.
The $1.05 levy allowed by the state equates to 59.8% of District patrons property taxes. The District also has bonds for Bluffs Middle School and Scottsbluff High School of, 15% making a total of 74.8% being taxed by the district. Others include: WNCC 5.7%, City 12.3%, ESU .9%, NPNRD 3.0%, Ag Soc .5% and Airport 2.4%
The way the Tax Equity and Educational Opportunities Support Act (TEEOSA) works is it looks at the needs of a District minus their resources and then it calculates the aid. Our aid over the last few years is as follows:
There is a component in state aid that assists Districts when they’re dealing with growth. This component is called an adjustment. A District must apply to receive the growth adjustment if they qualify to do so. To qualify, a District must have growth in their student counts by 25 or 1 percent of their fall membership, whichever is greater. For our District we would need to grow more than 30 students per year. Our membership over the past several years has exceeded that amount. Based on the TEEOSA formula our District TEEOSA dollars have included growth adjustment dollars as follows:
The Scottsbluff Public School District partners with a variety of local businesses for goods and services used both in the day to day operations of the District and for special projects. The district receives many benefits from conducting business locally such as shortened delivery times, local service and maintenance on items purchased, competitive pricing and economic support of the local community.
The District frequently bids out supplies ensuring that we receive uniform goods and services at a competitive price and while not all goods or services are available locally, many items are purchased or bids are awarded right in Scottsbluff. Just a few examples are copy machines (including service and supplies such as toner), office furniture, signage, lease of non-bus vehicles in our fleet, lumber and supplies for our Construction/Trades classes, and uniforms and apparel for activities. Local labor is also contracted for work not performed by the District’s in-house Facilities Team.
Procurement Card Program
The District has adopted a procurement card program for convenience to employees as well as a potential revenue enhancement strategy for the district. The main strategies include ease of use, standard product for employees when traveling for professional development, trainings, student sponsored events and such for the District. In addition to ease of use for employees and easier oversight for the business department, the District can also take advantage of rebates when these cards are used.
Bidding and Interal Warehousing of Supplies
The District frequently bids out supplies at lower thresholds than is required by school code in order to take advantage of the competitive economy and gain favorable pricing. The bidding streamlines the purchasing processes ensuring that the district receives uniform goods and services at a competitive price. SBPS also utilizes consortium pricing programs to help save additional funds. Many supplies needed at individual school buildings are purchased in bulk using these strategies and warehoused centrally providing each individual school with inventory control, and bulk purchasing power. Most supplies are available to school buildings within a 24 hour turnaround time.