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Centralia R-VI board inks new district budget

Posted on Friday, July 3, 2020 at 6:03 am

The ink has been put to paper. During their June29 special meeting, members of the Centralia School Board finalized the district’s 2020-21 budget.

In his discussion with the board, Steven Chancellor, R-VI superintendent presented some of the basic ideas around which the new budget was crafted.

“As of the preparation of this document,  local restrictions, as a result of COVID-19, still remain in effect and many experts predict another major impact to our country this fall and winter. With this in mind, this budget is presented with several assumptions built into it.”

Those included:

• a decrease in state revenue

• a slight decrease in local tax collection

• Ninety-five and a half percent of the state education budget funded

• Greater demand for virtual education

• Limited restrictions and modifications to the school process

With that in mind the board approved salary increases. They unanimously voted to approve:

  • Teachers will receive scheduled step – average of 1.5 percent
  • Principals will receive step of 1.5 percent
  • Classified staff placed on new schedules and all receive at least 2 percent increase
  • Bus driver will receive a pay increase from $38.67/route to $40/route
  • Any district employe who drives a bus for anything other than a transportation route, such as extracurricular activities, will receive a trip pay increase from $12.18 to $12.50

With that, the projected budget has a likely total revenue of less than $14,512,076.99, with a caveat from Chancellor: “Legislator and economic volatility continues to increase the difficulty of calculating actual revenue projections.”

Expenditures are projected to reach $14,604,632.84. “The largest expenditure is in salaries and benefits” Chancellor said.

For the complete article, see the July 8 issue of the Centralia Fireside Guard.