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Posted: Saturday, June 21, 2014 4:00 pm | Updated: 8:12 am, Mon Jun 23, 2014.

Washington School Board members will get their first look at the district’s new spending plan for 2014-15 next week.

The board will hold its regular monthly meeting Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the administration building.

The proposed budget calls for approximately $58.8 million in expenditures and about $51.6 million in revenues.

“We will deficit spend about $7.2 million due in part to some unfinished construction projects from the April 2013 bond issue,” said Shelley Kinder, district CFO.

Kinder said the budget also reflects an increase of about $1 million for salaries, an 8 percent increase, or about $300,000, for insurance and an additional $350,000 for transportation.

“We also budgeted an increase for utilities and maintenance to operate our new building, the Early Learning Center, which will open in August,” she noted.

Additionally, the technology budget has been increased with the rollout of laptops for certain grades.

Kinder said revenues are projected to be relatively flat in the new year.

The board will only review the budget Wednesday night. A special meeting will be held Monday, June 30, at 7:30 a.m. to officially approve the spending plan.

Public school districts in Missouri are required to have their budgets approved by July 1. The board will set its tax rate levy for 2014 in August.

Last year, the board approved a nearly $64 million spending plan. Expenses were higher due to bond issue monies received, but not yet spent.

Several budget revisions have been approved over the past year and a fourth revision will go before the board June 30.

Other Agenda Items

Other items on the agenda include a special recognition of Brad Carpenter, a recent Washington High School graduate, who won the Class 4 Individual State Golf Championship in May, becoming the first Washington golfer to earn the title.

There will be three program evaluations for instructional coaching, professional development and the district’s mentoring program.

Superintendent Dr. Lori VanLeer and Assistant Superintendent Dr. Brendan Mahon will talk to the board regarding lateral movement on the teachers’ salary schedule. The discussion will include current practice and policy alignment, along with possible revisions and pre-approval concepts.

VanLeer also will update the board about the community volunteer program, Shine By 9.

The Superintendent’s Community Advisory Team was charged with developing a community volunteer program that would align to the district’s 21st Century Learning Plan. The district plans to utilize trained volunteers to ensure students in grades K-3 are reading on grade level.

Board members also will hear a report on a proposed natural gas distribution facility to be located on district property at Highway 100 and St. John’s Road. An easement agreement proposed by Laclede Gas will be reviewed.

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