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D-113A Board approves 2014 budget with spending increase, projected surplus

LEMONT – The Lemont-Bromberek Combined School District 113A Board of Education unanimously passed its fiscal year 2014 budget during the Sept. 18 board meeting.

The meeting started with a public hearing, when the community had a chance to voice opinions about the budget. No one chose to speak.

The budget saw a 14 percent increase in spending from the previous year, to be used for new staff members, curriculum replacement for math, technological enhancements and capital projects.

District Business Manager Barbara Germany said the district will still have a $1.2 million surplus

“We are continuing to be prudent and watch all of our expenditures to make sure they are truly needed,” she said.

Board member Al Malley said the board's finance committee studied the expenditures of the budget.

“We looked for reasonableness compared to last year's budget,” he said. “We found nothing came up.”

The board also renewed its agreement with the Warrior Booster Club to fund extracurricular activities at Old Quarry Middle School.

The booster club presented a check for more than $117,000 to pay for the activities this year.

The Warrior Booster Club started in the 2010-11 school year after the board determined the district could no longer afford to fund extracurricular activities at the school.

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