Board members to discuss budget for coming school year

By The Mercury

The USD 383 school board will discuss the 2013-14 budget during its meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Robinson Education Center.

The discussions will include a look at assessed valuations within the school district boundaries, end-of-year balances, an estimate of the cost of a salary and wage increase, and reviewing expenditure commitments.The board approved hiring additional faculty in May due to the administration’s projection of an enrollment increase of 125 students for the 2013-14 school year.

The plan is to hire 10.2 full time equivalency positions. Full-time positions to be hired are four elementary regular education teachers, an elementary special education resource instructor, an elementary speech therapist, an elementary nurse, a middle school computer teacher, and an ESL teacher.

The preliminary capital outlay budget, which was discussed in March, will also factor into the talks.

At that time, the major portion of the capital outlay plan was to save money for replacing Bergman Elementary’s roof in 2015. The plan involves setting aside $750,000 during the 2013-14 school year as well as the 2014-15 school year.

It is similar to a plan utilized to replace the Amanda Arnold HVAC; district officials say that approach saved a total of $1 million over two school years.

Another known factor is that the base state aid per pupil remains flat at $3,838 for the upcoming school year.

Wednesday is also the last board meeting for Pete Paukstelis, Walt Pesaresi and Beth Tatarko.

Paukstelis has been a board member since 2005. Pesaresi, the longest tenured current board member, has served since 2001.

Tatarko, a board member from 2005 to 2009, rejoined the board to fill the vacancy left by Doug Messer, who resigned to become the district’s transportation director.

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