Charles Cush was appointed as the newest board member at the district’s latest meeting, filling the vacancy left by Suzyn Price last month.
Cush was selected out of 26 applicants interviewed for his volunteerism, experience and community involvement.
“I, Charles Cush, do solemnly affirm that I will faithfully discharge the duties of the office of Board Member of the Board of Education of Naperville Community Unit School District 203. In accordance with the Constitution of the United States, the Constitution of the state of Illinois and the laws of the state of Illinois to the best of my ability,” said Cush.
Cush, who unsuccessfully ran for the board in 2015, will serve until the next consolidated general election on April 4, 2017, when the seat will be up for re-election.
Later in the meeting, the board approved the 2016-2017 budget.
Revenue is expected to be nearly $273 million, up 1.47 percent, or $3.9 million from last year. However, $19 million of that is slated to come from the State, funds which are uncertain at this time.
And while expenditures are projected to be up, the majority of the increase is due to front-loaded construction costs for several 203 elementary schools.
“Overall expenditures have increased by 1.12% or $2.9 million. When we factor out the front-loaded capital expenditures, you can see that our true budget to budget expenditures are increasing by 0.23% or $597,000,” said Brad Cauffman, Chief Financial Officer for District 203.
This low increase comes after officials retooled the budget, cutting out almost $800,000 worth of over budgeting.
The average district 203 tax payer can anticipate a $54 increase from the district in their tax bill this year.
Naperville News 17’s Evan Summers reports.
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