2012 budget up for public review, vote

2012 budget up for public review, vote

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign school district residents can learn about the district's budget for this fiscal year at a meeting Monday night.

The Champaign school board will hold a public hearing on the fiscal-year 2012 budget at a meeting at 6 p.m. Monday at the Mellon Administrative Center, 703 S. New St., C.

Following the hearing, Chief Financial Officer Gene Logas will provide a presentation featuring highlights of the budget prior to a scheduled vote to adopt it.

The budget for all operating funds shows $103.89 million in revenues and $103.89 million in expenses, with the district planning on spending $79,868 more than it takes in.

The budget calls for using more than $2.8 million of money from the county sales tax for school facilities to abate property taxes for debt established in 1998 to build the Stratton and Barkstall elementary schools.

In other business, Assistant Superintendent for Achievement and Pupil Services Judy Wiegand is scheduled to report on student enrollment for the current year.

According to a district report, Champaign schools had 9,406 students in Pre-K through 12th grade on Sept. 7, with 229 students in Pre-K.

The report indicates that Centennial had 1,385 students, while Central had 1,214 students.

Jefferson Middle School was the largest of the middle schools, with 694 students; followed by Edison with 643 and Franklin with 590.

Robeson Elementary School was the largest of the elementary schools, with 515 students; followed by Garden Hills with 509, Stratton with 469, Bottenfield with 430, Barkstall with 425, Carrie Busey with 403, Dr. Howard with 393, Westview with 398, Kenwood with 372, Southside with 276 and Washington with 261.

The school board will also learn about the district's program for deaf or hard-of-hearing students.

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