Greenville school board hears positive budget news

By Lori Hansen • Last Updated 10:48 am on Wednesday, June 12, 2013

GREENVILLE — With annual budgets due at the end of this month, school boards are scrambling to balance budgets. Greenville Public School Board of Education members heard some good news Monday night from Director of Finance John Gilchrist.

“We are trending in the right direction,” said Gilchrist as he presented drafts of the 2013-2014 budget proposal. “I am very optimistic about where we are sitting.”

With local, state, federal and incoming transfers and other transactions, the district could see an estimated $31,186,325 in revenues and a projected $31,136,425 in expenditures, equaling an excess of $49,000 in 2013-2014 revenues.

“This time of the year is not always fun and we are waiting on the state,” Gilchrist said.

Along with an anticipated increase in per pupil revenue and a projected increase in the number of students enrolled, the district could gain additional revenue.

“I think it is impressive in these very difficult times that we continue to move ahead,” said Board Treasurer Jim Anderson. “In spite of all the issues, we are going ahead.”

The school board will approve the 2013-2014 budget, a 2013 proposed tax levy, the 2012-2013 amended budget and a 2013-2014 state aid note borrowing resolution at a special meeting on June 24.

In other business, the school board also:

• Accepted a donation of $3,000 to be used on the Opportunities for Success program.

• Approved an advanced physics curriculum.

• Approved reproductive health curriculum changes.

• Approved two-year administrative contracts for most administrative positions and one-year contracts for the superintendent and assistant superintendent.

 Lori Hansen is a Greenville-area resident.

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