School board OK’s initial 2013-14 budget

The New Prague Area School Board approved a preliminary budget for the 2013-14 school year during its meeting June 24.

Finance director Sandy Linn went over portions of the budget. She said there were a few changes made since her last presentation, including adding a media center paraprofessional at the high school and adding five additional work days for the middle school counselor.

Revenue for the year is expected to increase by 3.5 percent, with expenditures increasing by 3.2 percent in the unassigned fund. In the total general fund, revenue is up 3.7 percent while expenditures are projected to increase by 4.1 percent.

The district is projected to have an unassigned fund balance of $6.3 million as of June 30, 2013. The new budget projects that balance to increase to $6.8 million in a year. That is based on revenues of $33.3 million and expenditures of $32.7 million. The unassigned fund balance will represent 20.8 percent of the district’s total budget. The board’s goal was for a balance of no less than 5 percent.

Linn added that the district’s auditors hope to have their annual report ready by September or October. The district will set its final budget with an updated 5-year projection in December.

Also at the June 24 meeting. • Superintendent-designate Tim Dittberner told board members he and several others would be meeting with Wold Architects and would be visiting several stadiums and getting feedback from coaches and teachers in mid- July in preparation for the stadium reconstruction project. They expect Wold to be involved only in the turf, track, lights and drainage portions of the project, with other elements, including press box, fencing and scoreboard, to be handled internally, in order to hold down the costs.

• The board passed a resolution setting the filing period for the November school board election to begin July 30 and continue through August 13.

• The board approved New Prague High School’s membership in the Wright County Conference for athletics and activities, effective with the 2014-15 school year.

• The board approved modifications to the 2013-14 school calendar, changing the term “Snow Days” to “Missed Days” and allowing the school board to add days to the end of the school year if the district has more than two missed days during the year.

• The board cancelled the scheduled July 8 workshop meeting. The next meeting of the Board will July 22.