Each school year one of the top priorities of the Superintendent’s office is to work closely with our Board of Education to develop a workable budget. Through days and even months of diligence, this group is charged with analyzing the needs of our classrooms, our buildings and grounds and our transportation fleet. At the same time, we are also spending many hours advocating for stronger State and Federal Aid, all to design a budget that supports the high-quality educational programs for our students.
In this edition of the Eagle Express you will find detailed information about the 2017-18 proposed budget as well as information concerning a proposition for replacement vehicles to be added to our fleet. In addition, detailed information concerning two Capital Construction Project propositions has been included, both of which will also appear on this year’s ballot.
All ballot line items are intended to provide proper funding for classroom equipment, updates in technology, and the retention of our course offerings including Advanced Placement Classes, to ensure we are preparing our students for college and careers.
You will also find profiles of two candidates running for positions on the Board of Education.
The proposed 2017-18 budget (Proposition 1) is $58,225,880, representing an increase in $1,718,119, with an anticipated tax levy increase of 1.2%, or $204,656. The proposed budget reflects NO change to the fund balance. This plan maintains the integrity of our overall instructional plan.
Proposition 2 authorizes the purchase of three 71-seat buses and two 30-seat buses at a total cost of $486,885.20. This second proposition has NO impact on the proposed budget.
Capital Construction Project Part 1 (Proposition 3) includes high-priority facilities and program needs identified during the State-mandated building condition survey. Part 1 will have NO impact on the Local Tax Levy.
Capital Construction Project Part 2 (Proposition 4) includes additional improvements to the District’s arts, athletic, music, and technology programs. Much of the cost is covered by State Building Aid and Debt Reserves, with the remainder to be paid by the Local Tax Levy. On an average assessed $100,000 home, Part 2 will have an average estimated Tax Levy of 1.07%, or $18.98.
I encourage you to cast your ballot on Tuesday, May 16. Voting takes place in the Senior High School Main Lobby from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m.
James E. Przepasniak, Superintendent of Schools
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