Champaign school board OKs surplus budget

Champaign school board OKs surplus budget

CHAMPAIGN — The Champaign school board passed its budget for the 2012-13 school year Monday, which includes a $1.7 million surplus in its operating funds.

Interim Business Manager Joe Davis described the operating funds as those the school district uses on a daily basis.

The budget includes an expected 7 percent increase in insurance costs, plus salary and benefits for 10 new teachers to handle rising enrollment in kindergarten and first grades, as well as five teacher aides, one full time and one half-time position for teachers certified in English as a Second Language, two school new school buses and four new activity buses and the hiring of an educational facility planning firm.

However, the budget did not include any raise that would be in a new contract for the school district's teachers.

The district and teachers' union are still negotiating a new contract. The old contract expired June 30, and it was a one-year extension from the previous three-year contract.

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