The Rock Island-Milan School District now is projecting a $2.17 million budget deficit for the 2012-2013 school year. |
Chief financial officer Bob Beckwith also told school board members Tuesday night that the deficit could increase if a bill awaiting the governor's signature further reduces general state aid. Mr. Beckwith said, when building the budget, he projected general state aid would decrease from $6,119 per student to $5,815 per student. Now, he noted, a bill awaiting Gov. Pat Quinn's signature would decrease general state aid to $5,445 per student.
The district is projecting $57.7 million in education expenditures. It plans to spend $5.3 million in operations and maintenance, $2.8 million in bonds and interest, $1.2 million in transportation, $1.8 million in Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund costs and $274,175 in life safety costs.
The $2.17 million projected deficit is within the $2.2 million deficit cap set by board members earlier. The board will hold a public hearing July 24 on the budget and plans to adopt it that same night.
Superintendent Mike Oberhaus told board members they may expect a request in December to raise the tax levy so the district can meet its required obligations for tort costs and bond and interest. Mr. Beckwith said the levy may need to be raised for the bond and interest fund because revenue has not grown as quickly as needed to cover the costs of repaying funds borrowed during the Building Excellence construction program.
Mr. Oberhaus reminded board members that the budget is based on a large number of assumptions. Several unknowns remain, he said, including collective bargaining, pension reform and other issues,
In brighter news, assistant superintendent Jim Andrews reported 12 of 16 certified staff members who were previously reduced-in-force have been rehired. Also, five non-certified staff members previously released have been rehired.
In other business:
-- Staff members reported on the district's first year of using Acuity, an online assessment tool. Teacher Chris Beierlein said she has found value in the assessment report and the classroom matrix as well as the option to create custom tests. Staff members said the next steps include educating parents lon how to read Acuity reports, providing more training on data analysis and expanding Acuity's use for kindergarten through second grade students.
-- Mr. Oberhaus said the district is looking to move graduation to the i wireless Center in Moline because of parking and air conditioning concerns at the high school.
-- Mr. Oberhaus said the district received a $240,000 grant from the Moline Foundation which will provide iPad labs for a pilot program.
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