Tuesday, July 15, 2008

SDL Board Pleased with State Budget Allocations

At their Tuesday July 15th meeting, the members of the SDL School Board listened to a brief presentation by the district's Business Manager, Matthew Przywara, on the impact of the recently-passed state budget on the district's budget for the upcoming year.

Przywara reported that, while special education programs saw cuts totaling nearly $180,000, basic educational funding increased by 16.9%, or an additional $109,000.

The total net revenue variation from the previous year's state grants was $47,000 in the negative, Przywara reported.

But overall, the state provided almost everything the board had been expecting.

"This is a happy board," said Board President Patrick Snyder.

"We had a backup plan... but it really came out in our favor," Przywara said.

The only drawback, he joked is that "in September, we have to start the budgeting process all over again."

In other business, a public meeting has been scheduled for August 14, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. in the Auditorium of Washington Elementary School at 545 S. Ann Street for the purpose of providing an update on the capital improvement project in store for the school.

Snyder reported that the district plans to spend $20.1 million on the re-design and improvements.