Shelbyville Daily Union

January 21, 2014

Shelby School still facing deficit spending

Valorie Eversole Daily Union Editor
Shelbyville Daily Union

---- — Although the Shelbyville School District is in deficit spending, the amount of deficit is better than predicted.

That is the report from the mid-term budget by Superintendent Denise Bence at Thursday evening’s school board meeting.

“We projecting $370,500 in deficit spending this year, but that money is being spent out of our reserves,” Bence said. “We have a deficit every year in the education fund and we’re looking to lessen that. We will do gradual cuts over the next two to three years. We will need to make cuts to allow for salary increases.”

Bence noted that two years ago five staff members retired and were not replaced. Their duties were absorbed by other staff members. Last year two staff members and one administrator retired and were not replaced, saving the district $220,000. The district is also using two half-time staff, which lowers benefits costs, and is also looking at sharing resources with other school districts.

The deficits are a result of recent reductions in state aid from the State of Illinois. Currently the General Assembly is giving 89 percent of the promised state aid. Last year it was 85 percent of the promised amount.

Bence said that during a meeting with superintendents, Illinois State Board of Education director Christopher Koch said that he did not foresee further reduction at this time due to the election year.

In other business, Bence told the board that four snow days have been used so far this year and that the last day of school will be May 29. High school graduation was recommended for Saturday, May 31, which would still be effective even if additional snow days pushed the last day of school to June 2. The board approved the date.

As a result of executive session the following actions were taken:

- Accepted the resignation of Michelle Petska as High School assistant softball coach

- Approved Mike Holland and High School assistant softball coach; Tyler Pierce and Levi Pruemer as volunteer assistants High School track; Tad Mayhall as volunteer assistant High School baseball; and Michelle Petska and volunteer assistant High School softball.