Champaign gets first look at schools budget

CHAMPAIGN — A tentative budget is on the agenda for the Champaign school board's meeting Monday.

The meeting will begin in open session at 6 p.m., although the board will meet for an executive session at 5:30 p.m. The meeting will be at the Mellon Administrative Center, 703 S. New St., C.

On the agenda is a tentative budget, to be presented by Matthew Foster, the district's executive director of business services.

According to school board documents, the school district expects to receive about $120.6 million in income, and to spend about $139.6 million.

The district is tentatively budgeting about $23.2 million for capital improvements, while it expects about $2.1 million revenue in its capital projects fund.

School district spokeswoman Stephanie Stuart said Monday's meeting is a step in the budgeting process, beginning the 30-day period in which the budget is on display for public viewing at the Mellon building.

Foster said Friday that his presentation Monday will be a general overview of the tentative budget. He will give the board much more specific information about the budget at its Sept. 9 meeting. He said he expects the board to approve the budget Sept. 23.

Also Monday, the school district will consider a bid for a 70-foot residential wind turbine at Jefferson Middle School.

The turbine would be paid for in part with grant money from the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation and partially through money raised at the school, Geoff Freymuth told The News-Gazette in July. Freymuth is a seventh-grade science teacher, the school's green team sponsor and the school's Science Olympiad coach.

You can see the school board's entire agenda at http://www.bitly.com/unit4boarddocs.

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