Board Meeting 2018 Zionsville Community Schools Budget Passes

Meeting of the Board of School Trustees


At their monthly meeting on October 23, the ZCS Board of Trustees began with the acceptance of donations. Dr. Robison remarked, “We are thankful for the generous donations we receive each month, and two major donor representatives are here this evening to address the Board of Trustees.”

Mr. Duane Canfield presented on behalf of the Zionsville Century Club. The club donated $10,400.00 to the ZCHS Best Buddies program. The Century Club meets four times each year, and during each meeting they select a program or organization that exemplifies charitable giving in our community. The Best Buddies program was selected for its mission and student service focus.

Mrs. Lyle Browne, Chief Operating Officer of the Zionsville Education Foundation (ZEF), reported on the recent presentation of ZEF’s 2017 Fall Classroom Grants. There were eight grants totaling $29,690.40. Mrs. Browne highlighted details of the classroom grant recipients and the projects that will be supported. Superintendent Scott Robison and board members thanked both organizations for their generous donations and commitment to the Zionsville Community Schools. Board member Debbie Ungar noted that ZEF’s annual fundraising event, the Barn Bash, is scheduled for Saturday, November 12, at Finley Creek Winery on SR421. Tickets are available online at


Duane Canfield, Zionsville Century Club, and Lyle Browne, Zionsville Education Foundation, present donations.

Academic Update

Chief Academic Officer Kris Devereaux reported on the finalization of teacher ratings and school letter grades. Zionsville earned an overall letter grade of “A” for the 2016-2017 school year. All Zionsville schools earned an "A" rating.

Chief Academic Officer, Kris Devereaux, presents the finalization of teacher ratings and school letter grades.

Enrollment Update

Mrs. Rebecca Coffman, Chief Operations Officer, provided the annual student enrollment report. ZCS has increased by 191 students, bringing the district total to 6,868 students. This figure accounts for 303 students moving out of the district and 501 moving into the district. Class sizes are stable, and no core classes have more than 35 students.

Rebecca Coffman, Chief Operations Officer, provided the annual student enrollment update.

2018 School Budget

The Board of Trustees approved resolutions required for submission of the 2018 school budget. The total 2018 budget expected to be approved by the Indiana Department of Local Government Finance (DLGF) is $80.1 million for 2018. This includes General Fund expenses for teacher salaries and other classroom expenses, transportation, building and maintenance, capital projects, debt service and bus replacement and more. Although Zionsville schools remain the lowest funded schools in the entire state on a per pupil basis, the school budget will be balanced and funds from the school operating referendum will allow the district to hire adequate staff to meet the enrollment growth.

Chief Financial Officer, Mike Shafer, presents his 20th school budget for ZCS.

Refer to the Executive Summary for additional meeting details

An executive summary of the school budget, as well as a full copy of the budget book, can be found on the school district’s website at:


Next Meeting

The next regular meeting of the Zionsville School Board is Monday, November 13 at 6 p.m. at the Educational Services Center. Minutes and podcasts of all board meetings are available on the school website at:


Thank you to all who attended and presented at this meeting.

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