School Board adopts tentative 2013-14 budget

By on June 28, 2013

KANELAND—The Kaneland School Board on Monday voted 4-0 to approve the tentative 2013-14 budget for District 302.

According to a document from Julie Ann-Fuchs, assistant superintendent for business, revenues in the 2013-14 operating budget are projected to exceed expenditures by $132,646. In addition, revenues in the operating funds are expected to see a general increase of 3.6 percent over last year’s budget, with an increase in the Education Fund of 3.3 percent, for a total operating revenue budget of $50,939,501.

Operating expenditures for 2013-14 are expected to come in at $50,806,855, a bump of $1.8 million from the 2012-13 operating budget. The increase in expenditure budget is due to certified/classified staffing changes, special education transportation, health insurance and salary increases.

Fuchs’ document states that, in terms of revenue, the tax levy has produced an additional $1,661,689 for the operations from fiscal year 2013 to fiscal year 2014.

“The administration and staff are very appreciative of the support that the board has provided throughout this past year as we have gone through the budget planning process,” Fuchs stated in the document. “While it has been a great challenge to repurpose some of our staff in an effort to align limited resources with our goals, we continue to make great strides toward our district mission: “The mission of Kaneland Community Unit School District 302 is to graduate all students college, career, and community ready.”

Kaneland Superintendent Jeff Schuler said it is important to know that the budget presented on Monday is is the result of several months of collaborative work involving many Kaneland staff members.

“Kaneland School District remains committed to a conservative spending plan aligned with the priorities established by the Board of Education through our Vision 2014 strategic plan,” he said. “We have allocated resources in the budget to key priorities, including math intervention services, instructional coaching and support, technology to support 21st century learning, and the purchase of new buses to ensure that we continue to get students to school safely.”

According to Schuler, the district reduces discretionary expenses whenever possible to support district priorities.

“The budget is balanced, clearly demonstrating our ongoing pledge to operate in a financially responsible way,” he said. “I am proud of the team effort that went into the development of our new budget.”

A public hearing and subsequent adoption of the District 302 budget for 2013-14 is scheduled to take place at the School Board’s meeting on Monday, Sept. 9.