Deficit budget planned for IVC District 321

Christina Smith

During the July 29 Illinois Valley Central District 321 school board meeting, the board approved the district’s 2008-09 budget.

Assistant superintendent Patrick Hatfield said the district has been saving money in the past two to three years in preparation for anticipated renovations in 2008.

“We have one-time expenditures of about $970,000 that will cause us to have a deficit budget this year,” Hatfield said.

Included in the one-time expenses is adding two new classrooms at South School, working on renovations at Chillicothe Elementary Center and paying architectural fees for planning future expansion at South.

Superintendent Dr. Dave Kinney said work at Mossville Grade School will be included in the district’s 2009-10 budget and that at this point, most of the work at IVC is pretty much done.

However, Hatfield said there is enough money set aside to cover the difference between the district’s expenditures and revenue for 2008-09.

“We are looking at $18,100,000 in expenditures and $17,170,079 in revenue,” Hatfield said.

Board member Steve Nalley said the board is using money it currently has instead of borrowing money to pay for the work at South.

In other business, the board:

• approved the following resignations: Jill Hilst, special education at IVC High School; Diane Pearson, primary grades life skills teacher at Mossville Grade School; and Kim Smith, instructional aide at Mossville

• approved the following personnel contracts: Kristina Wagner, office clerk at Mossville; Deana Ordaz, special education aide at Mossville; and Crystal Hayward, bus monitor

• and heard board member Donna Uebler say the board is considering several policy changes or additions, including the possibility of a co-op with St. Edward School and CEC for a combined junior high boys’ basketball team and how transfer credits are handled within the district.