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Grandview School Board approves 2006-07 budget

GRANDVIEW - Gearing up for another school year, the Grandview School Board of Directors unanimously approved the 2006-07 budget.

In the general fund, the amount of federal dollars for programs in the school district have either stayed the same or gone down slightly.

Grandview School District director of business, Brad Shreeve, said one large library grant the district received last year is no more. Because of this, the district had to cut three para-pro positions.

With other grant money the district has been able to add three new para-pro positions so no manpower was lost.

Para-pros in the federal programs received a cost of living increase plus additional benefits. Since the federal dollars stayed the same, the district will experience less buying power this year.

Still, the general fund is in good shape. The district projects it will take in more than $27 million this year and will be spending just a touch more than that. The fund has a beginning balance of $1,706,000 and should have an ending balance of $1,658,937.

The district will receive $767,600 in local tax revenues; $15,781,786 in state general purpose funds and another $4,582,108 in special purpose funds from the state. Federal assistance will be approximately $4.7 million.

From this amount, the district will spend $12,719,069 on regular education; $2,027,469 on special education and $1,206,642 on vocational education.

In the capital projects fund, the district is looking to take in $55,500 in revenues, but plan on spending $1.2 million. The district is starting out with a beginning balance of $1,233,000 and at the end of the year should have $88,500 left.

"We are going to repair the roof at the high school," Shreeve said. The district has received some estimates and the cost to repair the roof will be somewhere between $500,000 and $750,000. Shreeve also said the district plans on repairing the tennis courts at the high school. There are also some smaller projects planned for the year.

The ASB fund is in great shape with $118,274 available. Revenues from athletics, classes, clubs and the student body are projected at $532,975. District officials are expected to spend $15,816 more than comes in to bring the ending balance to $102,458 at the end of the year.

The transportation fund is also in good shape. The district has ordered two new buses for the new year. The fund has a beginning balance of $85,750 and after the bus purchases and other expenditures for the year, the fund will be left with $3,250.

School board director Paul Jepson thanked Shreeve for doing such a fine job of putting together the 2006-07 school budget. "Well done," he added.

Also at Monday's meeting, the board passed a resolution to assess $1,565,000 in local property taxes for 2007.

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