June 26, 2013
Kathy Dzewaltowski, observer
The board held a preliminary discussion of the 2013-14 budget. Lew Faust, budget director, reported that state per pupil funding for 2014 will be $3,838 and is expected to be flat for the next two years. The district will be losing additional funding it had received as new facility weighting, which had resulted from the bond improvement projects. Mr. Faust also projected a decrease in funds coming from local and state tax revenue. Added to the loss of new facility weighting, the decrease in available funds totaled approximately $457,000. The board had previously approved new staff positions in order to provide additional elementary planning time, as well as other staffing additions, which amounted to an increase of $346,000 needed for staff. The board was also presented with a list of budget requests totaling $169,000, plus an increase in salaries and wages of 1%, totaling $354,000. In total, an additional $1.3 million will be needed if all budget needs and requests are met.