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March 9, 2010 Board Meeting Documents

Final Reductions (pdf)

Student Fees (pdf)

Cuts in state funding impact

Cuts in state funding impact District budget options

At the February 23, 2010 Board of Education meeting, District Administrators presented the most current information ...more

District 205 considers options to reduce

District 205 considers options to reduce expenses and focus resources

(January 12, 2010) Like many other school districts across the state, Elmhurst Community ...more

Financial Outlook

District reduces budget by $2.8 million to maintain fiscal stability

Economic conditions and decrease in state funding negatively impact 2010-11 budget 

After months of discussion, review of numerous options and consideration of community feedback, the Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 Board of Education reduced expenses for the 2010-11 budget by $2,823,126. This action is in response to the current economic conditions and an unexpected loss of state revenue ranging from $822,250 to $3,153,084. The reduction amount includes $541,270 in revenue enhancements and $2,281,856 in expenditure reductions.
“Even by reducing the budget by this amount, the Board remains concerned that it still might not be enough in reductions to ensure a balanced budget and sufficient cash to avoid short term borrowing next year,” said Board President Peggy Ostojic. “At that same time, we are equally concerned about reducing important programs now only to find later that economic conditions or state funding levels improve in the coming months. It is a great challenge to strike that balance in planning for the future, when the future of funding is unknown,” said Ostojic. “Our best option is to act on the financial information we have at this time.”
To reach the target reduction amount of approximately $2.8 million, the District decreased budgets in the following areas: Executive services and school administration ($581,800); Operations and Maintenance ($124,000); Business Services ($20,640); Curriculum and Instruction, Technology, and Library Services ($795,000); Instruction ($650,500); Extracurricular ($23,172); Summer School/REACH ($12,000); and Bilingual ($75,000). In addition, the Board seeks to enhance its revenue in the amount of $541,270 by raising student fees and facility rental charges.
“The Board has looked at numerous options and reviewed more than 600 suggestions from the online public input form as part of our diligence in addressing the projected budget deficit,” said Ostojic. “Our challenge has been to determine how to best allocate our declining resources while continuing to work toward achieving the strategic goals of the district.”
With employment costs comprising nearly 80% of the Education Fund, it was imperative to reduce expenses in that area. The District intends to release 24 certified and six non-certified staff members and has issued an administrative salary freeze for 2010-11. While some staff may be rehired in the coming months if enrollment or economic conditions change, the District has provided notification to those who might not be employed next year.
“Of the many things that have come to the forefront during the last several months is the reminder that we have both a finite set of resources and a strong desire to improve the outcomes for our students,” said Superintendent Dr. Lynn Krizic. “These two goals are not necessarily competing goals, but are ones that have required us to make very difficult decisions about how and where we allocate our resources.”