Silver Creek moves toward budget

SILVER CREEK – The Silver Creek Board of Education is moving closer and closer to having a complete budget picture. At its meeting Wednesday three more pieces of the puzzle came together when the board heard presentations on the transportation, buildings and grounds and technology budgets.

Transportation Supervisor Kari Turner presented on the transportation budget, which included several small budget decreases as well as a large decrease from not replacing a minivan. The overall transportation budget equated to a $35,232 proposed decrease from 2012-13.

Buildings and Grounds Supervisor Mike Daniels presented next. His proposed budget was mostly unchanged due to many required inspection fees and uncontrollable costs like utilities. He said the budget did have some decreases where services could be consolidated to save money. The overall decrease for the buildings and grounds budget was $935 from the 2012-13 budget.

The final budget presentation of the day was given by Elementary School Principal and Technology Coordinator Scott Rudnicki and Mike Kempster from the instruction and technology department.

“The theme of this year’s technology budget is ‘do more with less,’ or streamline services,” Rudnicki said.

He explained several programs with duplicate functions were eliminated such as using Microsoft Outlook, which the district has a license for, instead of paying extra for LOTUS Notes. He also explained because of APPR there are expenditures not present in the 2012-13 budget for assessment programs. In the end the technology budget showed a decrease of $21,000 from the 2012-13 year.

Superintendent Daniel Ljiljanich said by the next board meeting on Feb. 13 the board should have a better idea of the percentage of expenditures and what effect it will have on taxes.

He also pointed out although the state budget was presented with a 3 percent increase in regular state aid for schools, it is unclear how the money will be distributed and according to the state education department website the increase for Silver Creek School District will only be 1.27 percent.

He said the district is also looking into a $58,916 drop in state building aid.

There will be a public forum on the budget Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. The next meeting will be Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. with a workshop at 6 p.m. on budget expenditures.