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Examiner
  • Grain Valley to purchase new school buses

  • The Grain Valley School District will spend more than it brings in this coming school year, but officials hope to make some of that up through new state dollars.

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  • The Grain Valley School District will spend more than it brings in this coming school year, but officials hope to make some of that up through new state dollars.
    The Grain Valley Board of Education approved the 2013-14 budget in June. The anticipated revenues are $33.71 million, while the anticipated expenditures are $35.03 million. That leaves a deficit of about $1.32 million.
    Marc Snow, assistant superintendent for finance and support services, said a majority of the deficit, $659,100, is coming out of reserve funding to pay for new school buses.
    “The deficit looks a little skewed,” he said. “Other additional deficit dollars will hopefully be made up with new state money, if that money actually comes to the school districts. That final number relies a lot on the possible $66 million of new money for education that the governor proposed in his budget. We are waiting to see if HB 253 has the veto over-ridden to find out if that new money is coming to education.”
    Another big addition to the budget is salary increase for teachers and hourly increase for some support staff. An additional $500 will be added to the base for teachers, bringing the district’s base salary up to $34,500. Custodians and maintenance employees will receive a $1 per hour increase, and cooks and cashiers will receive a 50 cent per hour salary increase.
    Snow said the biggest challenge when preparing the budget is not knowing what the state intends to do. In addition, the sequestration decreased the amount of federal dollars the district received between 5 and 8 ercent. Another uncertainty is county assessments, which have caused problems in other parts of the metropolitan area.
    No cuts, however, were proposed to any of the district’s programs. Snow said they are watching state funding to see if anything needs to be modified as the year progresses.
    “Our preliminary assessment shows a slight increase, but that is before Board of Equalization,” Snow said. “That number will likely change.”
     

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