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District 1 board approves operating budget

Coal City school board extends tax agreement with Dresden Station, bringing in $15 million

COAL CITY – The Coal City Community Unit District 1 school board last Wednesday approved its operating budget for the 2018-19 school year.

The budget that was passed includes revenues of $31.2 million and expenditures of $32.8 million.

“Technically, that shows a deficit budget,” Coal City superintendent Dr. Kent Bugg said. “Usually, we under spend our budget by about 10 percent. However, the cost of the school safety projects that we have been doing were taken out of the reserve, but part of our expenditures. We feel that after that, we will have a balanced budget.”

Related to the budget, the school board voted to award bids for the implementation of the School Safety Action Plan regarding securing the entrances at the Elementary and Intermediate Schools. A General Trades Contract of $189,475 by Lite Construction, a Site Concrete Contract of $74,700 by Lite Construction, and a Flooring Contract of $10,511 by Vortex Chemical were all approved by the board.

“We are very pleased with the implementation of the school safety plan,” Bugg said. “It was a major issue for us, and I am glad we are getting it done.”

The board also extended its property tax agreement with Dresden Station for one more year. Dresden’s taxes, which are split among seven different taxing bodies, will be $24,244,285. Coal City’s portion of that is $15,958,978, which is already figured into the school district’s levy.

“I wish I could say that was
$15 million that we were getting to use as we see fit,” Bugg said. “But it’s part of our levy and already figured in.”

“We had just completed the end of a five-year agreement and sat down to negotiate a new agreement. We couldn’t come to a long-term agreement, so we decided to extend our current agreement for another year.

“This benefits both sides. We know what our portion is going to be, and Dresden knows that its responsibility is going to be.”

The board also authorized employment of the following personnel for the 2018-19 school year: Jonathan Eurfel, special education teacher at the high school; Allison Tjelle, full-time special education aide for the PATH program at the high school; Kathryn Easton, full-time special education aide for the PATH program at the high school; Allison Nugent, 10 hours a week copy clerk at the Early Childhood Center, Elementary School and Intermediate School; Colleen Berta, full-time special education aide for the ED program at the Elementary School; Shannon Manietta, full-time special education aide for the Coaler Academy Program at the Middle School; Allie Veliu, full-time 1:1 special education aide at the Elementary School; Debra Tapley, full-time 1:1 special education aide at the Elementary School; Destiny Horvaky, full-time 1:1 special education aide at the Early Childhood Center; Christian Johnson, 2.75 hours a day PE/lunchroom aide at the Middle School; Cristian Torres, temporary marching band staff; Wyatt Onsen, temporary marching band staff; Steve Rogers, temporary marching band staff; Mary Kozlowski, 3 hours a day cafeteria server at the Early Childhood Center; Amanda Wren, 3 hours a day, cafeteria server at the Middle School; and Ranell Gigler, 3 hours a day cafeteria server at the Middle School.

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