Catlin school board OKs deficit budget

Catlin school board OKs deficit budget

CATLIN — School board members this week adopted a spending plan for the upcoming fiscal year, seated two new board members and discussed plans to meet with Jamaica school board members next week regarding a possible merger of the two districts.

The board unanimously adopted a $4.78 million budget for the 2013-14 fiscal year that includes an projected $400,000 deficit. Superintendent Gary Lewis said that the board typically adopts budgets that overestimate potential expenditures and underestimate potential revenues. The new budget projects having to use a little under $300,000 of reserve funds from the education fund to meet expenses. If that happens, the district will end the 2013-14 fiscal year with a $261,000 balance in the education fund.

"All of our funds are in the black, but we are headed the wrong way," Lewis said.

In other business, two vacancies on the school board were filled.

Seth Smoot and Andrea Van Leer — two newcomers — were selected from among 10 candidates to fill the seats left when Tricia Keith and Tom O'Shaughnessy both resigned last month.

Board President Jeff Fauver said that there would be a joint meeting of the Catlin and Jamaica school boards at 6 p.m. Sept. 18 in the Jamaica Unit School library to discuss a possible reorganization and merger of the two districts.


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