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Attempting to ‘right the ship’

Figuring the numbers for FY 2015 at BV

Published: Friday, Aug. 29, 2014 2:46 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Aug. 29, 2014 6:22 p.m. CDT

MANLIUS — The Bureau Valley School District’s tentative budget for Fiscal Year 2015 is currently showing a $850,000 deficit.

Superintendent Steve Endress reviewed the numbers with board members at Tuesday evening’s meeting.

He reported revenues are expected to decrease by about $300,000 compared to last year’s budget, due mostly to declining general state aid, which comes from slightly lower average daily attendance.

He also pointed out a final payment from the state was actually on time last fiscal year, which was unexpected and made the numbers from last fiscal year look better than they actually were.

On the expense side, Endress is expecting to see about a $300,000 increase in expresses compared to last year’s budget. The increase is due mostly because of teachers’ contracts and the added salaries of Endress and BV Assistant Superintendent Gavin Sronce.

On a positive note, Endress explained he is in the preliminary stages of trying to capture additional state aid for the transportation fund. He said there could be a slight change next month when the board approves the final budget, and he hopes the numbers will show an improvement with that possible extra aid.

Trying to figure how to bring revenues in line with expenses, Endress said there’s not much that can be done by August of the current fiscal year, but they will have staff decisions to make in the February/March time frame when negotiations begin with teachers’ contracts.

“That will have a very profound direct impact on the district’s finances moving forward,” he said. “We’ve already started the process of overturning every rock to see how we can right the ship.”

After reviewing the budget, BV Board President Rick Cernovich expressed how impressed he’s been with Endress and Sronce in the short time they’ve been in the district.

“They’ve already saved the district tens of thousands of dollars in areas of just paying attention to detail,” he said. “The fact that they’ve found the low income population is actually around 40 percent rather than 30 percent will help with revenues, also. Within two or three years, I think you’ll have a balanced budget.”

Endress agreed saying that’s the goal, and it’s looking attainable at this point.

The board approved the tentative budget and scheduled a budget hearing for 7 p.m. Sept. 23.

In other news, the board:

• Accepted the resignation of Alyssa Zell as prekindergarten aid and parent coordinator at BV Wyanet and Cari Durham as special education aide at BV North.

• Approved the voluntary transfer of Tonya Besler as special education aide at BV North from BVHS.

• Approved the employment of Deb Spratt as part-time special education aide at BV North, Samantha Taylor as freshman volleyball coach at BVHS and Kathy Matthews as part-time family consumer science teacher at BVHS.

• Approved Brenda Monier as volunteer volleyball coach at BV North.

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