The District 204 School Board met recently to discuss a possible 2015 fiscal year budget and how to solve the “heat days” problem throughout schools.
According to the first draft, the total projected budget would be more than $96 million.
The district has been operating within budget during the 2014 school year and plans to do the same within the upcoming fiscal year.
The board will approve a tentative budget at its August meeting, and pass the final budget in September.
Board members were also encouraged to see recommendations from the district’s heat committee, which was put together last year to provide relief to students at schools without air conditioning.
The board decided to install partial air conditioning in 19 elementary schools district wide, and students will rotate through the cooler spaces on hot days. Installation will start this school year and will be completed by august 2016.
“It’s good that we do this with the air conditioning, with the understanding that it might be a few years until we are able to put in more units. We don’t always end up with the excess that we have right now,” Board Member, Mark Rising.
Funding for the project will come from the district receiving an unanticipated $3.7 million from the state.
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