School district looks at draft of 2018-19 budget

Chuck Kajer, The New Prague Times

Scghool Finance Director Sandy Linn presented a draft of the 2018-19 budget to the New Prague Area School Board during its meeting Tuesday, May 29. She said that projections for the current year indicate the unassigned fund balance will be at $7.8 million, up from a projected $7 million in the budget. "That is a 19.5 percent fund balance," she said.

The proposed 2018-19 budget calls for a fund balance of about $8 million.

The proposed budget is based on several projections - A kindergarten class of 296 students, an assumption of a 2 percent increase in formula aid and another (conservative projection) increase of 2 percent in special education aid. "Other revenues will be fairly flat," she said.

Personnel-wise, the district is assuming a reduction of 3 FTE staff members at the elementary level, one person at Raven Stream and two at Eagle View. "That may change as enrollment numbers come in over the summer," she added.

The middle school will see an increase of 2 FTE teachers, in social studies and science. That will be offset in part by the elimination of 2 FTE paraprofessionals. The high school will see an increase of 1 FTE, spread across several subject areas. There will also be a possible addition of 1.5 FTE in special education.

The board will go over more of the budget at its workshop meeting on June 12.

Insurance The board approved renewal of its property and liability insurance through the MIST pool.

Linn explained that MIST is a self-funded group that started with seven school districts (including New Prague). In its seven years, it has grown to 23 districts, and each year costs have gone down.

District population The board certified the district population for the 2018- 19 school year at 19,803.98. The number is based on a.....

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