District 88 adopts 2014-15 preliminary budget

NEW ULM – The District 88 Board of Education recently adopted a preliminary budget for 2014-15 that reflects newly-developed district goals.

The general fund (operating) revenues in the preliminary budget are projected at $21,707,843 and the expenditures at $21,409,502.

In comparison, the revised general-fund revenues for the current year stand at $21,097,087 and the expenditures at $20,866,085.

Next year’s budget is based on projected pupil counts, increased funding for all-day kindergarten, additional expenses for staff contract settlements, adding an instructional coach and district and building-level intervention specialists to help with the goal of K-12 systematic intervention programming, and providing funds for innovative program pilots, according to Superintendent Jeff Bertrang.

The district is also prioritizing technology purchases and staff development programs, to meet district-level plans.

The school board is increasing each site’s supply budget and providing a budget for innovative programs that can be accessed through an application process and board approval.

More specifically, the budget provides the following amounts to meet the stated goals: $10,000 more for supplies at each school; $50,000 for updating vocational programs at the high school; $75,000 for innovative programs to be accessed by applying; and $50,000 for technology improvements.

The approval of the budget signals the beginning of the hiring process for an instructional coach, intervention specialist and building-level interventionists, said Bertrang.

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