DANVILLE — Danville District 118 school board members Wednesday night reviewed a proposed spending plan for the 2019-2020 school year and approved displaying it publicly for the next 30 days.
The tentative budget shows $80.1 million in expenditures for the year, which is about $4.3 million more than last year, and $75.9 million in revenue, which is about $3.6 million more in revenue than the year before. A beginning fund balance of $29.9 million and an ending fund balance of $25.6 million also are projected.
“Revenue is up from last year, but expenses also are up because of increases in costs,” business director Heather Smith told board members, adding, “Revenue is up because of additional money we’re getting from grants.”
The preliminary budget, however, shows a deficit of $4.25 million.
“It’s a deficit budget, but I hope it goes down a little more before the final budget,” she said.
Smith expects the revenue projections could change because she has yet to hear from the state about how much transportation reimbursement and state aid the district should receive in the new school year.
“It’s probably going to change in the next 30 days,” she said of the budget.
When board member Lon Henderson asked if the expected additional revenue would offset the deficit, Smith said, “No, we’ll still have a slight deficit.”
About $1.975 million of the anticipated expenses are “assigned dollars” for improvements to be made to school buildings throughout the district.
Some of the projects and money amounts that have been earmarked include $650,000 to replace the HVAC system in Danville High School’s pool room; $275,000 to repair the rear roof over the gym at Edison Elementary School; $250,000 to repair stone and tuck point DHS’ clock tower and field house; $200,000 to complete the roof over the 1972 addition at DHS; $75,000 to repair water lines at DHS; $150,000 to expand the parking lot at the Fields Administrative Services Center; $300,000 to repair the ceiling and paint the DHS gym; and $75,000 to tuck point Meade Park Elementary School.
Henderson and board member Darlene Halloran asked Buildings and Grounds Director Skip Truex why renovating the science labs and creating a guidance office suite, all at DHS, weren’t on the improvements list.
Truex said updating the science labs — including two physics labs and four science labs — as well as nearby classrooms and the library/media center, would cost about $3.5 million. He said creating a guidance office suite would cost about $600,000 to $800,000.
“We’re not looking at five or 10 years,” Truex said. “We’re looking at infrastructure that will last 20 to 40 years.”
Truex has had to shuffle other projects around on his one- to five-year list as emergency work has come up. On his list for the future is a 2021 boiler/chiller project at Southwest Elementary School estimated to cost $600,000; building an addition at Northeast Elementary Magnet School to house a fitness center, a couple of classrooms and restrooms for sixth grade; and installing an HVAC system for Northeast’s gym/lunchroom at a cost of $650,000.
Truex said he also has preliminary drawings to build an addition onto Kenneth D. Bailey Academy.
Also on Wednesday, board members approved Derrius Hightower as Mark Denman Elementary School’s new assistant principal and Tanner DeLaurier as South View Upper Elementary School’s assistant principal. Both men had been administrative interns at their respective schools last year.