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SV Elementary’s finances OK

SPRING VALLEY — Finances at Spring Valley Elementary School are hovering around where they are supposed to be for this time of year.

“There’s nothing out of the ordinary,” Superintendent Jim Hermes said at Wednesday’s meeting.

General state aid is sitting at about $1.5 million with it expected to reach $2.8 million. The majority of the windows replacement program was paid this month out of the operations and maintenance fund, which made it look like a big drop in the funds.

Hermes also said the district is saving about $300 to $400 per month thanks to recent changes made to the water fountains, faucets and urinal fixtures. They are also saving on energy costs thanks to lighting put in a few years ago.

“We’re saving a lot of energy,” Hermes said.

In other business:

• The upcoming kindergarten has about 68 children expected so far. The district is usually up 10 to 20 more this time of year.

• Board members changed the regular March board meeting date from March 20 to March 27, pending all board members can attend. The plans for the JFK addition have been sent out to contractors, and there have already been several interested in bid packages. Bids should be in by the March 27 meeting.

• Hermes told the board many states are decreasing funding for schools, but Illinois is leading the nation with about a 13 percent drop.

• The board approved a two-year contract for bussing with Illinois Central.

• The superintendent was authorized to go our for bids for the district’s copier machines and garbage hauler.

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