District approves $10.7 M budget

by Steve Ottman Review Correspondent

HOWARDS GROVE-The School Board voted to approve the 2015-2016 estimated budget with an estimated all-fund expenditure of $10,693,845 - a decrease of 0.8 percent - Monday.

The total general fund expenditure is estimated to be $9,510,434 with estimated state aid of $4,797,341, an increase of 0.9 percent from last year.

The estimated base revenue per student is $9,653.16 without any change from last year.

Enrollment for the school year, based on the count in the third week in September, is estimated at 840 students, which gives a threeyear average of 850 students. The school will use a hold harmless exemption of $77,225 and declining enrollment exemption of $77,225 toward the revenue cap.

This would project as a revenue cap of $8,359,636 including exemptions which is a decrease of $70,049, down 0.8 percent from last year.

The total tax levy proposal of $4,126,388 for the 2015-16 school year is a decrease of $60,667 from last year or a decrease of 1.44 percent.

The proposed mill rate is $9.86 per thousand - a decrease of 1.3 percent. If equalized property values increase it would mean a lower mill rate.

School taxes paid on a $100,000 home would be estimated at $986.00.

Fund raising activities for Northview and the middle school for the 2015-16 school year were approved. Northview fundraisers included the scholastic book fair, soup can labels, box tops, Target store donations and old cell phone collections. The middle school will have magazine sale subscriptions, scholastic book fair, Target store donations and candy bar sales.

The fund balance designation was approved for $130,000. Money will be designated for curriculum ($30,000), maintenance ($50,000) and technology ($50,000).

Letters of resignation were accepted for speech therapist Kelley Wink and elementary guidance counselor Ben Koepsel.

The board members gave approval for the public notice and common core standards to notify parents and guardians of common core targets for student learning.

Three teacher contracts were approved.

The school has withdrawn from the Local Government Property Insurance Fund. Premiums have increased 55 percent. The board was advised to withdraw and look for a better policy.

Board president Jeff DeAmico thanked Jeffrey Bachmann for a donation for use of the school’s tennis courts at the high school during the summer.


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