DeKALB – School District 428’s board this week is expected to approve its 2012-13 school year budget. Officials intend to cover a $2.3 million operating deficit with some of the $28 million in reserve funds.
The public will have a chance to comment before the board votes at its regular meeting Tuesday. The board unanimously approved a tentative budget Aug. 7. The deadline for the 2012-13 spending plan is Sept. 30.
President Tom Matya earlier said that board members have authorized a task force to look at possible cost-saving measures, but any steps wouldn’t take effect until the following year’s budget at the earliest.
The budget up for adoption reflects shrinking contributions by the state. The district expects to receive 89 percent of what it is owed instead of 95 percent, and that alone accounts for $1.3 million less from the state. The state’s $17 million contribution accounts for one-fourth of the district’s revenues. Property taxes are projected to yield a little more than two-thirds of revenue – about 69 percent.
The district also expects to lose about $300,000 in state funding for transportation. In response, it changed its school start times and reorganized bus routes.
Despite losses in revenue, the district has added activities and sports. At the Aug. 7 meeting, Andrea Gorla, district superintendent for business and finance, said officials have been able to add bass fishing, boys bowling, gymnastics and steel drums to programs. They’ve also bought new technology for classrooms.