Dist. 321 begins budgeting

Adam Larck TimesNewspapers

Assistant Superintendent Patrick Hatfield has been authorized to start preparing the 2014-15 budget.

The authorization was given by the Illinois Valley Central District 321 School Board May 27 after hearing a budget overview presentation by Hatfield.

During his presentation, Hatfield said that general state aid has been reduced throughout the state by 7 percent to $320.1 million since 2009.

Other state reductions include regular transportation by 39.4 percent, regional safe schools by 64.7 percent and arts and foreign language by 87.5 percent.

Eliminations of programs such as reading improvements, ADA block grant, textbook loan programs and more have also occurred since 2009.

Overall, more than a dozen line items have been reduced and more than 30 line items have been eliminated.

For fiscal year 2014, general state aid for the 

district was $4,442,198 and transportation was $205,809.

However, the district has only received a pro-rated amount of 89 percent of general state aid and 74 percent of transportation.

For 2013-14, the total operating revenue for the district was $16,847,409, while the expenditures totaled $17,532,091.

In other news, the board:

• Heard that the alumni banquet is June 14.

Look for more information about the banquet in the next edition of the Chillicothe Times-Bulletin.

• Heard that sales of the old Mossville bleachers are ongoing.

The sale of the bleachers will help support the purchase of the new metal and plastic bleachers being installed at the school.

• Approved a trip for the IVCHS pom team.

The team will be taking an overnight trip to Bloomington for a camp at Illinois State University.

• Approved a resolution requesting performance contracting proposals.

The proposals, which the district expects to pay nothing for, will help the district look at the state of each building and what needs to be fixed.

• Approved resignations, retirements and personnel contracts.

Katy Fox is retiring as a fifth-grade teacher at Mossville at the end of the school year.

Both Troy Webb (CEC assistant girls basketball coach) and Mary Jo Evans (CEC scholastic bowl coach) are resigning at the end of the 2014-15 school year.

Coming to the district next year is Cassandra Irwin as special education teacher at Mossville, Courtney McCaw as a fifth-grade teacher at Mossville, Bridgette Lynch as IVCHS assistant principal and Nancy Coon as a part-time RtI Coordinator at Mossville.