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Resolutions up for vote at next U-46 meeting
By Seth Hancock
The Board of Education in School District U-46 will be voting on a resolution concerning the Fiscal Year 2019 budget as well as a resolution addressing temporary classrooms at its meeting on Monday, July 23. The items were presented on June 18.
A resolution authorizing the public display of the budget as well as setting a date for the public hearing will be voted upon. The budget, which will be under review at an Aug. 6 finance committee meeting, is expected to be presented to the board on Aug. 20 with a public hearing set for Sept. 10, the same night a request for final adoption will be made.
A tentative budget was presented that evening showing total revenue at $546.6 million, up 7.4 percent ($37.6 million higher), and total expenditures at $534.6 million, up 3.2 percent ($16.7 million). The increases come despite enrollment declines being projected by the district of about 2 percent each year through the 2020-21 school year.
A public hearing on the FY 2019 Northern Kane County Regional Vocational System budget will also be held at the July 23 meeting. Dale Burnidge, director of financial operations, said that budget is “a joint agreement” between U-46 and districts 300, 301 and 303.
“The budget has two revenue sources, the state career and technical education improvement grant and the federal Perkins career and technical education grant,” Burnidge said.
That budget is balanced with $1.8 million in expenditures and revenues. Burnidge said $1.1 million of the revenue will come from the state and $690,382 from the federal government.
The board will also vote on a resolution which declares the need for continued use of temporary classrooms.
The district plans for the use of 13 total mobile units (5 single, 8 double) which will house 21 total classrooms.
Century Oaks, Creekside, Harriet Gifford, Hillcrest, Lowrie and Washington elementary schools all in Elgin as well as Streamwood’s Hanover Country Side Elementary School, Hoffman Estate’s Lincoln Elementary School and South Elgin High School all will have temporary classrooms.
Jeff King, deputy superintendent of operations, said “it’ll be about the same amount we used the previous year.” He added that a few temporary classrooms may be demolished during the school year which will be determined in the fall.
Board member Jeanette Ward noted prior to the meeting about Hillcrest’s temporary classrooms “that the fire extinguishers have not been inspected and that there are none. Are there plans to remedy this?”
The district responded: “The form was not completed correctly. We do have fire extinguishers in the mobile and they have been inspected.”
Ward asked at the meeting “the form will be fixed before we vote on it I assume,” and King said it would be.