D.205 board OKs $106M budget for current school year

2013-09-23T00:00:00Z D.205 board OKs $106M budget for current school yearGregory Tejeda Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
September 23, 2013 12:00 am  • 

HARVEY | The Thornton Township High School District 205 School Board approved to a budget of more than $100 million to operate its three high schools.

The School Board held voted 7-0 in favor of a budget proposal presented in August.

At the time, the board was presented with a spending plan that called for $106.41 million in expenses and $106.47 million in income. It was supposed to have been approved when the School Board held its regular September meeting.

But school officials realized their budget proposal, which by state law must be on public display at school district offices in South Holland for a 30-day period, was lacking about $5 million in funds the school district expects to receive from Illinois to cover transportation expenses.

That caused the district to delay until Wednesday approval of a spending plan for Thornton High School, along with Thornridge High School in Dolton and Thornwood High School in South Holland for the school year that began Aug. 20 and runs through early June.

There was no discussion on Wednesday about the matter. The entire process took about two minutes to complete.

Of the budget approved, about 45 percent is to cover salaries for faculty and other employees of the three high schools, while 11 percent is to cover benefits to those workers.

About 30 percent of the total budget comes from general state aid and other state grants that are for restricted purposes.

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