Board Expected to Approve Budget With Surplus, No Layoffs, 5.1 Percent Fund Balance

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 06/24/2013 - 22:19

 Saline Area Schools Board of Education is expected to approve a budget that meets several key goals when it meets Tuesday night.

The board will consider a budget with a $700,000 surplus that is expected to help guide the district’s fund balance  up to 5.1 percent of the general fund budget. If the numbers hold, it will be the first time in several years the district’s fund balance has met 5 percent, which is stipulated by Board of Education policy.

The new budget, in the neighborhood of $49 million, is also expected to avoid teacher layoffs for the second straight year.

The district had run deficits and dipped into the fund balance four consecutive years and in eight of 12 years.

The budget hearing begins at 6 p.m.

The regular monthly workshop meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. Here’s what’s on the agenda:

·         The board is expected to adopt the amended general appropriations act for 2012-13 and adopt the budget for 2013-14.

·         The board will discuss the strategic framework during the update.

·         The board will consider a proposal to borrow $3.5 million in August to meet payroll. The loan would be through the State Aid Note Loan Program, which acts as a bridge until the state begins funding the school district.

·         There will be a hearing on school breakfasts. The middle school will provide breakfast at the middle school and high school for $1.75, or 30 cents for those qualifying for the reduced lunch prices.

·         The board is expected to approve the a field trip for the Saline High School Model UN students, who are planning a trip to Kalamazoo, Dec. 4-7, for the Great Lakes Invitational Model United Nations.

·         The board is expected to approve the hiring Michael Brower and Kellie Hartmann as custodians for the high school, and Laura Washington as AP/ELL coordinator at the middle school. Bus driver Jean Mitchell submitted a resignation to the district.

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