District 204 Tentative Budget Approved

The District 204 School Board approved a tentative budget for the 2014 fiscal year.

A draft budget was previewed at the July board meeting, which included an extra $5.8 million payment from the state as part of the Illinois April Surprise.

The money from the state comes as part of an unanticipated $1.2 billion increase in revenue.

The bulk of the surplus money will go to operations and maintenance throughout the district, including upgrades to safety security systems.

One such measure being implemented is the Raptor ID Program – security software that scans a visitor’s state ID or license, and screens it through a database of sexual predators, criminals in the area and anyone else the district may determine as harmful to children.

“Our people have learned to do more with less,” Superintendent Kathy Birkett said. “Our test scores have not fallen, and we still hold up the same great standards”.

The board unanimously approved the tentative budget and will move toward a final approval at the September meeting.

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