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                        Mr. Joseph Cucinotta
                Assistant Superintendent of Business Services 


Welcome back to another year, 2016-2017, of making a difference for the students in the Murphy Elementary School District No. 21.   We hope your school year is off to a great start.  

The Business Department is responsible for most aspects of schools and districts money management, including budgeting, accounting, payroll, accounts payable, and purchasing.  Our goal is to accurately provide the schools, students, and the community with budget, financial planning, and related services in order to carry out the responsibilities of the district.
I want to share some updates from the Business Department.  We are continuing withe implementation of the Emergency Response Plan (ERP),  in conjunction with the Department of Education and other districts and partners we are ready to train our teachers, parents and staff.  All the classrooms will have an Emergency Flip Chart (Bright Orange).  Please look for it when you visit your student's classroom.   
The 2016-2017 Proposed Budget was approved by the Governing Board, therefore, all the schools are ready to order textbooks and supplies for the classrooms.  Also, with the Proposition 123 that passed on May 17th, added additional funds to the 2016-2017 Budget. 
The Murphy Elementary School District #21 will be holding a Special Bond Election on November 8, 2016 to provide efficiency, safety, security and modernization projects for the district.  The District is requesting funds for the following purposes: 
  • General and preventive maintenance on all buildings
  • Replacement  of major systems that outlived their useful lives with more energy efficient models
  • Improvement of all school grounds and playgrounds
  • Pupil transportation vehicles
  • Technology to enhance learning opportunities
  • Furniture, fixtures and equipment to support student growth
  • Purchase land of the Murphy Health and Education Center for additional parking

The District needs to purchase several new buses to replace outdated fleet so safe and comfortable transportation can be provided for students.  All new buses will be equipped with air conditioning and the latest safety features which are required by federal rules and regulations.