Last Thursday, school district administration presented the 2014-15 budget recommendation to the school board. It was a historic evening on many levels. The simple fact that the school district is not recommending reductions for the first time in a decade is a significant moment for our schools and our community. What is also significant, though, [...]
I may have mentioned it before but it bears repeating: This year’s budget process is going to look significantly different than previous years. The primary reason for this is the school board’s decision to accept the full funding authority provided by the state in the recent omnibus bill. What do those funds mean for us? [...]
Toward the end of her presentation Feb. 13 on the proposed budget for next school year, Randi Johnson, North Branch Area Public Schools director of personnel and finance, said about the outlook: “We’re in better shape than I can ever remember being in.” She noted the district is in much better financial shape than it [...]
Release of the November state budget forecast on Thursday, Dec. 5, showed a projected $1 billion budget surplus.
The North Branch Area Public Schools District 138 School Board recently avoided some staff reductions and cuts by approving the four-day school week, but budget cuts still have to be made to offset next year’s $1.6 million deficit. NBAPS Director of Finance Randi Johnson gave a presentation to the board at its March 14 meeting [...]
The North Branch City Council approved a preliminary budget Monday night that addresses some of the city’s debt, and as a result that initial number is higher than the final budget and levy amount approved last year. The council voted 3-2 to approve a preliminary levy of $3,886,221, which is 2.86 percent higher than the [...]