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Kaneland School District passes district, career center budget

Administrator predicts $2.5M shortfall

District 302
District 302

MAPLE PARK – The Kaneland School District 302 passed a pair of final budgets for both the Fox Valley Career Center and the overall district at its meeting on Sept. 14

Tentative budgets had previously been passed earlier this year, but the district still had to formally pass updated versions.

For the final district budget, Associate Superintendent Julie Ann-Fuchs projects an operating deficit of $2.5 million. For context, when the tentative budget was approved in July, the operating expenses were projected to exceeded revenues by approximately $774,000.

"I'm pretty sure that we will not end that way, but right now, we had to plan for things that we are unsure of," Fuchs cautioned, mentioning staff additions and other areas. "The district does not have the authority to spend more than their budget. We can underspend the budget, but you cannot overspend in any one fund. That's why the deficit is projected the way it is."

According to the highlights of Fuchs' budget breakdown, operating revenues are expected to be $62.5 million, approximately 2.1% more than budgeted the previous year.

Revenue

The state has indicated to the district it will receive the same amount of funds from the Evidence-Based Funding model as it did the previous year, which will be over $7 million.

Based on the estimates from the Illinois Dept. of Revenue regarding the Corporate Personal Property Replacement Tax, Kaneland's district can expect to receive $261,751, which is approximately $63,249 less than tentatively budgeted.

Fuchs also completed the transportation claims, mentioning because the district spent less in transportation last year due to the closure, the reimbursement for revenue will be lower than anticipated.

Expenditures

The district says it has spent approximately $185,000 on COVID-19 expenses to date. It has budgeted an additional $462,000 for the enhanced cleaning program.

The district has currently hired seven one-year temporary teachers and six long-term teacher substitutes. It has also added seven overlords to existing staff positions and a variety of lunch/recess monitors at various levels. The district still has four long term substitute teacher positions to be hired included in the budget.

Approximately $20,000 was added to the transportation budget to compensate a change in Kaneland High School's change of early release from Thursday mornings to Wednesday afternoons. The total amount of all these changes is approximately $670,000, approximately $54,000 less than what was approved for the Return to Learn Plan.

The district added approximately $55,000 to the budget to account for athletic coaching salaries. The money would've usually been paid in next year's budget. But, due to a Memorandum of Understanding with the Kaneland Education Association, coaches are going to be paid in two installments (beginning and end of season) this year instead of throughout the whole year, which would've been 24 payments.

"While [the deficit] is significant at $2.5 million, I do not anticipate at this point that it will end there," Fuchs reiterated. "But, I'm not sure exactly what will change between now and then – With staffing probably being the biggest variable."

Fox Valley Career Center

For the Fox Valley Career Center final budget, it is just shy of 4% above last year's budget. The district, says, however that with 70 more students attending than the spring, the average cost of tuition should be less than last year.

Budgeted revenues for the FVCC exceeds expenditures by $6,284. Any unspent money will be refunded to member schools next summer.

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