Despite state funding going through big changes, District 204 passed their proposed budget for the 2015 fiscal year.
At their most recent meeting the District 204 School Board unanimously voted to approve a $309 million budget for the upcoming fiscal year.
That number is an increase over last year’s but is supported by an expected revenue of over $311 million.
One project on the books, a $3.7 million cooling initiative to provide partial air conditioning in nineteen elementary schools.
Installation of the air conditioning units will start during this school year and be completed by August 2016. Once in place, students will rotate classes on hot days to stay cool and avoid overheating.
Other expenditures include $3.5 million to capital improvements district wide, and $2.5 million to new technology in schools including laptops and smart boards.
“We are still able to balance our budget, given the state of Illinois and how education funding has been decreased, that we are still balancing it and still able to make some capital improvements, partial air conditioning – I wish we could do more but I am glad we can do something, and the new technology. Given the fact that we are able to do these things and still balance our budget is a testament to our district,” said School Board Member, Mark Rising.
The board will continue to keep an eye on Springfield and Senate Bill 16. Now that the budget has been approved, administrators will work on the levy, which has to be filed by the end of the school year.
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