District 203 Sells Land and Reassesses Budgets

Since the status of state funding for public schools is currently uncertain, District 203 reexamined their 2016-17 budget.

After going through the budget again, administrators identified places where their projected expenses were too high.

“Budget department leads worked with brad to identify parts within their budget where they could reduce anticipated budget for the coming year,” said District 203 Superintendent, Dan Bridges.

These cuts have resulted in anticipated expenditures going down by nearly $800,000 for the coming school year. However, the board emphasized that these were not instances of over spending, but rather over budgeting.

“If year after year those same positive variances show up, let’s chew those up to really reflect what our spending is, and I think that’s really what’s been done,” said District 203 Board Member, Jackie Romberg.

Also at the meeting the board approved to sell the plot of land currently occupied by the Hobson Cooperative Nursery School, or Hobson School, to them for one dollar.

“We have determined that it’s in our best interest to sell the property. It’s no longer necessary to serve our needs and we have authorization under the Illinois school code to do so,” said Superintendent Bridges.

The sale is in line with Illinois school code because Hobson School has been leasing the property for over a decade.

But if they eventually choose to sell the land, the neighboring Forest Preserve of DuPage County gets the first chance to buy, for the price of $46,000.

And the board selected current member Mike Jaensch to serve as vice president, following former vice president Suzyn Price’s resignation. Jaensch has been on the board since 2007.

The group is expected to appoint a new member at their next meeting to fill price’s vacancy.

The board also approved a three-year contract with teachers, giving them an average year-to-year salary increase of 2.35 percent.

Naperville News 17’s Evan Summers reports.

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