DANVILLE — Danville District 118 school board members Wednesday night will review a proposed spending plan for the district for the 2019-2020 school year.

In addition, board members will consider approving placing the tentative budget on public display for 30 days.

The proposed budget shows $80.1 million in expenditures for the year, which is about $4.3 million more than last year, but only $75.9 million in revenue, which is about $3.6 million more in revenue than the year before. Approximately $1.975 million of the expenses are “assigned dollars” for capital improvements to be made to school buildings throughout the district.

The tentative plan projects a beginning fund balance of $29.9 million and an ending fund balance of $25.6 million.

The proposed budget, however, currently shows a deficit of $4.25 million. Although the budget is unbalanced, a deficit reduction plan is not required at this time.

“Things could change,” business director Heather Smith said Monday. “I have a month to look over things.”

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.

“Our expenses are greater than our revenue because there have been increases in costs,” Smith explained. “We’re spending reserves on the capital improvement projects.

“The $1.975 million in assigned projects will show as expenditures,” she said. “It could change at any time because they’re buildings and grounds projects.”

Some of the projects and money amounts that have been earmarked include $650,000 for the Danville High School pool room; $350,000 to replace the roof at Edison Elementary School; $75,000 for tuck pointing at Meade Park Elementary School; $550,000 to replace the boiler and chiller at Southwest Elementary School; and $275,000 to paint a gym at an undisclosed school.

Also on Wednesday, board members:

• Hear an update on the district’s career and technical education (CTE) programs at North Ridge Middle School and DHS.

“We’re looking at college and careers and partnerships with Vermilion Advantage and DACC,” Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Education John Hart said.

In the new school year, North Ridge students will have the opportunity to learn basic computer applications and keyboarding techniques, take skills-personality assessments and learn about digital citizenship and cyber safety.

CTE offerings at the high school will include 10 dual-enrollment courses – five business, three computer and two industrial – in which DHS students will earn high school and DACC college credit simultaneously; 20 sections of industrial tech courses encompassing Geometry in Construction and welding; 16 computer courses; 13 business courses; and three workforce development courses that include the Work Experience and Career Exploration Program (WECEP) and Global Careers & Professions (GCP) internship course.

Hart said the industrial tech area of the high school was renovated during the summer to accommodate the new industrial tech offerings.

“The facility at Danville High School has been updated with a fresh coat of paint and new equipment,” he said.

• Will be introduced to new administrators, Kenneth D. Bailey Academy Principal Mitzi Campbell, Northeast Elementary Magnet School Principal Justin Thorlton and Garfield Elementary School Principal Nicole Zaayer.

Hart said the board is expected to approve new assistant principals for Mark Denman Elementary School and South View Upper Elementary School. The position at Mark Denman is new, while the South View position would fill a vacancy left when Scot Vogel was named as a DHS assistant principal.

• Hear an update on summer school.

Summer school took place at Mark Denman Elementary School, South View Upper Elementary School and Kenneth D. Bailey Academy. The kindergarten through high school students that attended received the benefit of multiple programs, including participating in skill reinforcement, credit acquisition or credit recovery. At Mark Denman Elementary School (K-6): 252 students showed interest in attending summer school; 205 students attended at least one day; the overall attendance percentage was 73 percent; and of the 205 students in attendance, 70 percent showed growth.

At South View Upper Elementary (7-8 grades): 102 students were invited to attend summer school; 75 students attended at least one day; the overall attendance percentage was 81percent; of the 75 students, 52 students were enrolled in credit recovery and the remainder worked on skill acquisition; and of the 52 students enrolled in credit recovery, 52 percent passed onto the next grade level.

At Kenneth D. Bailey Academy: 86 students enrolled at KDBA for summer school; the attendance rate was 81 percent; and 121 credits were earned.

• Consider paying an annual membership fee of $3,500 to the Large Unit District Association.

• Consider waiving the Board of Education extracurricular participation fee for clubs and athletics that perform a community service activity. Groups would earn the community service hours rather than individual students, Hart said.

• Hear an update on Northeast’s technology readiness.


The Danville District 118 school board will hold its regular meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, at the Jackson Building, 516 N. Jackson St.

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