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District 113A presents $25.9 million preliminary budget

LEMONT – The District 113A Board of Education approved a tentative fiscal year 2015 budget during its Wednesday meeting.

The budget projects $25.9 million in expenditures and $28.1 million in revenue. Expenditures are up by 5.1 percent, while revenues are slightly down.

Board president Cindy Kelly said she would like the board's finance committee to see whether some of the $2.2 million surplus could be used on projects the board has put off while it built up reserves.

The district has 210 days of reserve cash on hand, with the state advising to have 90 to 180 days.

Board vice president Al Malley said the surplus is high, but the board should carefully consider whether to use the money because the surplus may decrease in future years.

A public hearing on the budget will be held during the Sept. 17 board meeting.

In other news:

• The board postponed the hiring of a new assistant superintendent for River Valley School because it decided to make it a full-time position instead of a part-time position.

The position is being created as part of the fifth grade move from Old Quarry Middle School to River Valley.

Superintendent Courtney Orzel said in an email that the board made the decision "in the interest of providing equity and continuity of services for our students, staff and families."

A candidate is expected to be approved during the Aug. 6 board meeting.

• The district will be hiring four lunchroom supervisors for Old Quarry.

Teachers have been supervising students as part of their class schedules. They will be moved back into the classrooms during that time, which will decrease class sizes for six classes.

The supervisors will be paid $9.35 an hour at a total cost of $15,708.

The district could pay teachers to watch students as part of their lunch break, but that would cost around $30 an hour.

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