Westville school board approves budget

WESTVILLE — School officials approved an $11.3 million spending plan for the upcoming year on Wednesday that includes about $400,000 in deficit spending.

School Superintendent Jim Owens said no major expenses are expected in the upcoming year. He said the district is in the second year of a three-year contract with the teachers' union, and is in a multi-year agreement with First Student for the student transportation needs. Also, all three district schools have received renovation projects in the past two years.

Owens estimates that the district will increase its spending by about 1 percent over the past year — an increase of about $102,000 — and will receive about $694,000 less in state aid than it did during the 2001-12 fiscal year.

"A 1-percent increase is pretty good," Owens said.

In other business, the Westville School Board accepted the resignation of Board President Janet Ragle.

Ragle, who was appointed to the board in July 2000, resigned effective Sept. 19 because she is moving out of the district. Owens said he was "happy for her, but sad for us."

Bob Clifford, a nine-year veteran of the board who had been serving as vice-president, took over as board president. David Parker, who has served on the board for six years, was chosen as vice-president of the board.

The board will hold a special meeting at 6 p.m. on Oct. 10 to interview potential board candidates. The person appointed to the board will hold that seat until April, when it is up for election.

The seats held by Parker and Shawn Bennett will also be up for election in April.

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