D.155 tentative budget has $4.5M deficit

2013-08-16T20:45:00Z 2013-08-17T00:22:21Z D.155 tentative budget has $4.5M deficitPaul Czapkowicz Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
August 16, 2013 8:45 pm  • 

CALUMET CITY | The Calumet City Elementary District 155 School Board on Thursday established a Sept. 19 hearing date to discuss the budget for the 2014 fiscal year.

The board is expected to adopt the budget at the board meeting that will follow the hearing at 6 p.m.

Superintendent Troy Paraday said the tentative budget shows a deficit of about $4.5 million, with revenues of $13,811,104 and expenditures of $18,340,616.

Paraday said he always underestimates revenues and overestimates expenditures in the tentative budget so the board is presented with a "worst case scenario."

"Last year, we had a deficit budget of about a million dollars," he said.

Paraday said a larger deficit is expected for the 2014 budget because of a reduction in local taxes and state aid.

In other district news, Paraday told the board that total district enrollment was 793 students as of Aug. 9. He said residency officers he spoke with Thursday afternoon indicated another 100 to 150 students might have registered since Aug. 9.

"We're still down about 400 students out there who have not registered yet," Paraday said.

"There's a lot of people still on vacation, though," Board President Stanley Long said.

The first day of school for students is Tuesday.

District 155 consists of Woodrow Wilson Elementary School, Wentworth Intermediate School and Wentworth Junior High School.

Paraday said past history has shown a large number of students register late in the district.

Students at Wentworth Junior High can look forward to a healthier lunch option.

"This year, we are going to be providing a salad bar at the junior high," Paraday said.

The salad bar likely will be available to students twice a week.

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