GCMS board approves deficit budget

GCMS board approves deficit budget

GIBSON CITY — School board members unanimously approved a deficit fiscal 2014 budget, but it included nearly $370,000 more in anticipated local tax revenues than previous projections.

As previously reported, the district will be spending nearly $1 million more than it expects to receive from July 1, 2013, through June 30, 2014. The approved budget projects income of $9.48 million and expenses of $10.38 million.

No comments or questions were received during a public hearing on the budget that preceded the board's regular meeting.

In other business, Sharon Pool, the district's director of student services, reviewed the Illinois State Board of Education's reports of Adequate Yearly Progress.

Overall, the district failed to meet AYP in both reading and math subject areas. Only 68.5 percent of the district's students met AYP in reading and 70.5 percent met math goals.

Only the high school was able to meet the AYP goals in both reading (75 percent) and math (also 75 percent). Pool reminded board members that the writing subject area is no longer being tested.

Students in the district's other two schools failed to meet AYP goals. At the elementary school, 64 percent of students met AYP in reading, with 60.9 percent meeting the math goal. Middle school scores were better, with 70.9 percent meeting AYP in reading and 77.7 percent in math.

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