Rockridge schools see less red ink than feared


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Posted Online: July 08, 2013, 8:39 pm
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By Kelly Steiner, ksteiner@qconline.com
TAYLOR RIDGE -- Rockridge schools ended the fiscal year with a smaller deficit than predicted, according to superintendent Chester Lien.

Mr. Lien told school board members Monday he had anticipated a deficit of as much as $700,000. The fiscal year ended with the district $574,360 in the hole.

Board members on Monday also discussed the tentative budget for the upcoming fiscal year, estimating the district will spent a bit more than $12 million, down from nearly $13 million last year. Revenues last year were about $12.3 million, but Mr. Lien expects only $11.7 million in the upcoming year.

Rockridge has a lower rate of enrollment, meaning less state aid. It also expects to lose $70,000 through a senior citizens tax exemption recently passed by the general assembly.

Mr. Lien said he expects to have a more clear picture of the 2013-14 budget in the next month or two.

The board also:

* Accepted the resignation of high school wrestling and assistant football coach Jeff Schmulbach and basketball cheerleader sponsor Holley Blaser.

* Approved Jacqy Peterson as assistant girl's volleyball coach and Jessica Zabransky as high school band instructor.

* Approved bids from Prairie Farms for milk supplies and Fox River Foods for bread supplies.

* Renewed an agreement for the Illinois Safe Schools Act education program for the 2013-14 and 2014-15 school years.

* Approved bids for modifications to the Andalusia Elementary kitchen with Johnson Contracting, Tacey Electric and Johnson Mechanical Services.

















 




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