Trustees approve FY18 budget

GOSHEN COUNTY – It’s going to be belt-tightening time in Goshen County School District No. 1.
That was the outcome as the district Board of Trustees approved the fiscal year 2017-2018 budget at its meeting Tuesday evening – reflecting a $1,331,816 (4.3 percent) decrease over 2016-2017 General Fund expenditures and $1,526,801 less in proposed revenues compared to the previous year.
GCSD No. 1 eliminated nine positions to lower its expenditures, and instead plans to offer stipends to existing staff in areas including the Gifted and Talented and English Language Learners programs.
The district’s expected lower revenues result from state reductions in school funding and a decreasing number of students.
District Business Manager Marcy Cates told the board expenses for the coming school year are expected to exceed revenue by $368,940.
The district carries an estimated contingency, or cash reserve, of $3.86 million – 10.24 percent.
The Special Revenue Fund budget, $2,368,964, is slightly less than it was during the previous fiscal year due to decreased government funding. The proposed Major Maintenance fund is also down – a total of $1,492,718 for FY18 – and will be used to repair or replace existing components.
The board thanked Cates for her
hard work.

In other business:
• The board of trustees approved increasing the price of school lunches for students by 10 cents; adult breakfasts, 15 cents; and adult lunches, 25 cents. The higher prices move the district closer to federal compliance. Breakfast for students now costs $1.90; adult breakfast is $2.50. Lunch for kindergarten through fifth grade is $2.65; sixth through eighth, $2.85; ninth through 12th, $3; adults, $4.25; and adult salad bar, $4.25.
• Board members denied Lingle-Fort Laramie Middle School’s request for an exception to allow sixth-grade boys to play football during the 2017-2018 school year due to safety
• The next school board meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 8 at 7 p.m. at the Central Administration Building.

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