Greenville school board takes first look at next year’s proposed general fund

By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 12:25 pm on Thursday, June 14, 2012

GREENVILLE — The Greenville Public Schools Board of Education took its first look at the proposed 2012-2013 general fund budget.

During the regular scheduled meeting on Monday, the school board received information from Chief Financial Officer John Gilchrist.

The board will vote on the proposed budget during a special meeting at 7 p.m. June 25.

Gilchrist explained to the board some numbers in the budget may change as things are worked out at the state level. He noted all assumption and projections are based on the information available as of June 11.


General fund  expenditures

Gilchrist highlighted five areas to the board that shows expenditure changes for the upcoming school year.

Because the district is attempting to keep class size down at the elementary level, the school plans to hire three new teachers at a cost of about $200,250.

Also at the being added to the new school year will be the Chinese Immersion Program. This program will require Greenville to hire two additional teachers totaling $99,500 with about $75,000 of grants to help offset the cost.

Greenville is projected to spend $130,000 on absorbing the Little People Land that was discontinued from the Montcalm Area Intermediate School District.

With many staff members retiring, the district is projecting to save a total of $526,550 from those staff retirements in the upcoming year.

Lastly, Gilchrist is projecting the district to spend $70,000 less on textbooks in the last school year.

“We are starting off with a lot better footing this year than last year,” Gilchrist said.


General fund revenue

The board was able to look at nine areas projected to be revenues for the 2012-2013 school year.

Through the best practices revenue, Gilchrist said he is projecting about $52 per pupil bring in about $181,100 less than the current school year.

Gilchrist said they are projecting about $452,650 through the foundation allowance increase.

The districted is projecting to see $40 per pupil from the performance incentive grant totaling $150,875.

Other revenue assumptions include (from Gilchrist’s presentation):

• GACF kindergarten grant ending, loss of $180,000

• New GACF Chinese Immersion grant, $48450

• New HANBAN Chinese Immersion grant $26,000

• Loss of one time medicaid funds, $110,000

• Addition of Little People Land from the MAISD, $154,400

• Loss of special education bill back, $75,000

Gilchrist stated in his presentation that if there is a significant change, assumptions and modifications will be made and the board members notified.

“A lot of careful thought and analyses went into this,” noted Board Treasurer James Anderson.


In other matters …

The Greenville Public Schools Board of Education also:

• Approved the consent agenda.

• Approved the OK conference ballot.

• Approved the request for new high-school classes to count as one-half of the senior math credit.

• Approved revised policies 203, Board of Education Members; 718, Employee Discipline; and 720, Reduction and Recall of Teachers.

• Approved the MASB 2012-2013 membership renewal notice.

• Approved a resolution for a post-issuance tax compliance plan.

• Discussed the 2011-2012 amended budget.

• Discussed the 2012-2013 budget and tax levy with a public hearing to be held at the June 25 special meeting.

• Superintendent Pete Haines gave recognitions during the recognitions and commendations section regarding a student, Taylor Sirard, who is a finalist in the Meijer Great Choices Film Festival, along with S.A.D.D., which received a $2,000 grant.

• Greenville High School Independent Marketing students gave a presentation about a simulation they participated in.

• Student representative, superintendent, assistant superintendent and Education Foundation of Greenville gave reports.

• Discussed policy 527, Administration of Medication to Students – E5 Allergic Reactions/Anaphylaxis form; administrative rule 304, Post-Issuance Tax Compliance Plan for Tax-Exempt Obligations and Tax Credit Bonds; and Administrative rule 305, Allowable use of Federal Funds/Costs Principles.

• Rceived a legislative update from Treasurer Jim Anderson.


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