New Curriculum, Equipment and Building Improvements
The Board of Education approved the 2021-22 budget with an eye toward restoring district reserves if contingency funds are not needed. The $45 million budget calls for spending on a new district-wide science curriculum and additional grammar and math supports, classroom equipment and facilities improvements.
Capital projects completed this summer are part of the spending plan, including security upgrades at all four schools and roofing repairs at Northbrook Junior High and Greenbriar School.
Salaries and benefits account for 78% of the budget. Teachers' salaries are based on the salary schedule, which had an average increase of 3.56% over the prior year. Administrator and support staff increases are budgeted at 2.5% increases.
The budget for new equipment includes iPads for the first year of the refresh cycle for the Learning First one-to-one device program, staff computer replacements, integrated classroom projectors, and classroom furniture.
Total revenues are estimated to be a 3.85% increase over the prior year’s budget.
This year’s revenues include a $545,574 boost from Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund and slightly higher tax receipts due to a combination of new property development and a higher inflation rate that is tied to the amount the district can collect.
Facility improvements budgeted at $782,310 and contingencies of $781,500 push spending over revenues by $465,042. Chief School Business Official Jessica Donato said she is hopeful most of the contingency will not be expended, which will then allow the district to begin rebuilding the district’s reserves.