Catlin school board OKs budget
CATLIN — School officials approved a tentative $4.46 million budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year that includes a $160,000 deficit.
Superintendent Gary Lewis said some adjustments will be made in the coming weeks — such as the addition of a kindergarten teacher — but that it was overall a good budget, particularly when compared to the 2013-14 version, which included an estimated $4.78 million in expenditures and a $400,000 deficit.
"When making a budget, I try to underestimate our projected revenues and to overestimate our potential expenditures," Lewis said.
In other business, Lewis said the district will stay out of the National School Lunch Program for a second year.
Catlin withdrew from the program — which reimburses districts for students who received free or reduced-price lunches — because of its restrictive rules. Lewis said that Catlin's lunch program will continue to serve fresh fruits daily, as well as a variety of nutritious foods that students will eat.
Lewis also said the district is seeing a slight increase in enrollment this year. There are 162 students currently enrolled at Catlin High School, and 385 in pre-K through eighth grade. That is 17 more students than the district had last year.