Friday, June 24, 2011

Budget Update: Board Scheduled to Adopt 2011-12 Budget on Tuesday

The Board of Education is scheduled to vote on the resolution to adopt the 2011-12 district budget and certify fiscal solvency for the subsequent two fiscal years at its June 28 meeting. The meeting is scheduled to start at 2 p.m. The 2011-12 budget includes $115 million in reductions and, by state law, must be adopted and submitted to the county Office of Education by July 1.
At its June 21 meeting, the board approved spending $1.5 million to restore VAPA resource teachers, as well as the music teachers at Crown Point Junior Music Academy and Oak Park Music Academy. The funding for these restorations comes from $1.3 million in energy savings the district will get from a new solar panel system next year, and about $300,000 it will save by having six area superintendents instead of eight.

The board also voted to restore certificated and classified jobs, as well as reduce K-3 class sizes if the district receives $36 million in additional revenue once a state budget is approved.

The meeting is open to the public and will be held at the Auditorium, Eugene Brucker Education Center, 4100 Normal St. (92103). It will also be televised on ITV Cable 16 and streamed live on the web.