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District 156 proposed budget reaps some savings

McHENRY – The focus this year at District 156 will be in tying the technology purchases made last year into the curriculum, the budget director said.

District 156 released its proposed $31.8 million budget for the fiscal year that started July 1 this week for a 30-day public review. The draft also projects a surplus of more than $600,000 across the nine funds.

The school board will hold a public hearing and likely vote on it at their Sept. 15 meeting.

“The overall goals for this budget, as with any budget that I have been a part of, is a fiscal responsibility while keeping the needs of the student at the forefront,” Finance Director Dave Lawson said.

The budget shrank about $500,000 over its nine funds, according to a comparison of the proposed budget and the approved 2013-14 budget.

A large part of that change comes from an adjustment of health insurance expenses, Lawson said.

The district had switched from being self-insured to a co-op in January 2013, which brought down costs, he said.

Minor savings also are expected in salaries.

With the retirement of two guidance couselors and one nurse and replacing them with new hires, the district will save nearly $200,000 in salaries, Lawson said.

A change to two of the assistant principal roles will also translate to savings

Two new assistant principals were hired on with 10.5-month contracts instead of 12-month ones, which will save the district nearly $40,000 but require the summer load currently carried by those positions to be picked up by someone else, Superintendent Mike Roberts has said. The new hires replace Carl Vallianatos, who is now the district’s director of curriculum and instruction, and Mike Przybylski, who is now associate principal for student services at Grayslake Central High School in District 127.

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