D203 Update

The tentative 2015-2016 budget included $263 million in expenditures and $268.7 million in revenue, 85% of which is covered by district homeowners.
With that portion $3 million higher than last year, the average homeowner of a $375,000 home can expect a $99 increase in property taxes.
Superintendent Dan Bridges believes these costs are necessary to move the district forward.

“Where you are seeing new allocations and new initiatives all are aligned in the blueprint, all aligned to our strategic plan, so I think they represent the values, the beliefs of our community, as well as this board as has been discussed over the past couple of years,” said Bridges.

$65,000 of the funds will go to the summer school program, and another chunk will be allotted to provide Chromebooks for every high school student, as part of the Digital Learning Initiative.

The district is taking advantage of opportunities to cut costs when possible to help offset the projected decrease in state funds. As student enrollment has declined, staff positions will be reduced by about 14 full-time teachers, saving the district about $1.4 million in salaries and benefits.

The board will continue discussion on the budget at their next meeting on Monday, May 4.

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