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Greendale Schools Erring on Safe Side for 2013-14 Budget

Greendale School District administrators say there are many unknowns in the upcoming state biennial budget debate, so they want to take a cautious approach on making projections for the next district budget.

Greendale School District administrators said Monday they’re taking a very conservative approach to projections as they work to craft a 2013-14 budget proposal.

District business manager Erin Green said the district isn’t planning on seeing a per pupil increase in revenue this year and despite computer projections that show a possible increase of 30 students in the district in the 2013-14 school year, the district will only project for 11.

Although the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction is asking for a $250 per pupil increase in the 2013-15 biennial budget the state Legislature will soon undertake, leaders said they don’t think that will happen.

“We don’t know what’s going to happen,” Green said. “We’re staying at zero and that’s probably the worst case scenario.”

Green said salaries in the district are projected to go up by 3 percent next year, but health insurance increase is only expected to be between 4 percent and 6 percent, which is the first time in years the projection has been under a 10 percent increase. All but 50 district staff members are also on high deductible health insurance plans and Green said the district will try to get some of those members to switch plans.

If there are no changes and the district is able to use the conservative estimates, Green said the district will have a balanced budget and in fact may even have a surplus.

Once the biennial budget proposal comes forth from Gov. Scott Walker sometime in January, Green said they will have a much better understanding of what their finances will look like. Given Republicans have control of both houses of the Legislature, she said there’s little doubt Walker’s proposals will fail.

DJ Norther November 21, 2012 at 03:20 AM
This is not the same meeting parents attended Monday night. The number and strength of the concerns of parents was a shock wave to the board of education. The board had a really bad night and we parents need to be at the meetings and asking questions. The children's education is in danger now due to incompetence and no direction.
Jason Patzfahl November 21, 2012 at 04:13 PM
I could be wrong (probably not though), but I believe it was the Walker agenda and the GOP death cuts to educational funding in the state that sent our previous Superintendent Hughes packing his bags for retirement, leaving us with our new Super, who is apparently not quite qualified and a bit overwhelmed - but we get what we deserve! The average home-owner in Greendale saved $29 last year on their property taxes, but now we are worried about the public school system - seems like we got the short end of the schtick, huh?!?!?! Maybe you can take that $29 you saved and drown your educational worries in a case of Pabst over the holidays... then when you sober up you can apologize to your kids for voting in Walker and giving public schools less funding than religious charter schools.
Jasper November 22, 2012 at 02:26 AM
The school board has to take responsibility for this. The problem is kiddos depend on their direction! Greendale deserves better than this 5.

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