District 26 budget projects surplus

Vote to be Monday

CARY – Even though District 26 is planning for reductions in state aid for the upcoming school year, officials still expect a balanced spending plan.

The District 26 School Board is scheduled Monday to vote on its budget for the upcoming school year.

The projected $30.1 million budget has an overall surplus of $457,000, according to the latest budget documents.

The budget includes a 1.7 percent salary increase for district staff members. The number is equal to the increase in the consumer price index for the 2013 levy.

School board members have approved a 1.7 percent increase for educational support personnel and administrators.

The teachers’ union and the district are in negotiations for the next employment contract.

District officials also are budgeting for a 1 percent increase in insurance costs and for a possible shift in pension costs to the district from the state. Even though the district has prepared for this in recent years, it has not come to fruition.

The district also budgeted a reduction in state aid because of a proposed senate bill, which changes the state aid formula and leads to a shift in funding to primarily downstate school districts.

District 26 is preparing for a $1.3 million reduction in state aid that would be phased in over three years, according to a memo written by Director of Finance and Operations Jeff Schubert.

The budget does include bringing back dedicated teachers for classes such as foreign language, technology, health and band.

Dedicated staff members to teach foreign language, health and computer technology at Cary Junior High are part of the phase two return of specials. Such specials were part of the major cuts the district underwent several years ago.

The district is increasing its staff by 10.5 positions.

To attend

What: District 26 school board

When: 7 p.m. Monday

Where: Cary Junior High, 2109 Crystal Lake Road

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