D209 Approves New Budget Surplus

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews 

During a regular meeting on Sept. 18, the Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Board of Education unanimously approved a budget for the 2019 fiscal year, which contained a significant surplus. The fiscal year stretches from July 1 to June 30.

The district budgeted $88.5 million for operating revenues, but projected expenditures came in at around $83.4 million, with a resulting surplus of around $5 million. District officials, however, said that this surplus could dwindle by at least $3.1 million if a significant number of teacher vacancies are filled.

Some of the major aspects of the new budget include $288,000 for Extended Learning Opportunities for Students, a period that runs from 8 a.m. to 8:50 a.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, and that requires additional bus runs to transport students to the high school before the start of first period.

Another major aspect of the new budget is a $2.1 million one-to-one technology initiative, which entails providing all students in the district with laptops at no cost to families.

The new budget includes an increase from 281 to 289 full time teachers, interventionists, instructional coaches and paraprofessionals. The district also repurposed two special payroll positions and created new data analyst, grant specialist and building-level social studies department chair positions. The district eliminated the district-wide social studies chairperson position some time ago.

Seventy-five percent of the new budget, or $64 million, comes from local revenues; 20 percent, or $19.2 million, come from state revenues; and $5.2 million, or 6 percent, come from federal revenues.

During the meeting, D209 Supt. Jesse Rodriguez said that, due to the state’s new evidence-based school funding formula — which is designed to send more funding and support to under-resourced school districts — D209 got around $400,000 more from the state than in previous years.

Rodriguez said that the district is “putting more resources into the classroom” and has “been more effective and efficient year after year in making sure we use our dollars more effectively.” He said that the budget doesn’t including any cuts to programming or instruction. VFP

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3 thoughts on “D209 Approves New Budget Surplus”

  1. I believe it is absolutely outstanding, and I applaud the board members of District 209 for approving this new budget. A lot of people in the Proviso Township doubted that there wouldn’t be no change, and just accept “status quo.” When board members who are not apart of the political machine and are not “self-serving”, and their main focus are the students, and are investing the schools, amazing things will happen. Keep going “Proviso Together!” Now, let’s have a lot of residents come to the board members, and continue to pressure them, and hold them accountable.

  2. I am glad to hear we are not in the hole but I question certain parts of this story and also the budget.

    “Some of the major aspects of the new budget include $288,000 for Extended Learning Opportunities for Students, a period that runs from 8 a.m. to 8:50 a.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, and that requires additional bus runs to transport students to the high school before the start of first period.”

    With graduation rates low, wouldn’t it be better to go back to the 8 period day that Proviso used to have? Many students are now forced to pay for online classes because there is not enough time in the school day. Another problem is that when the district went to the 7th period day, they talked about how much money it would save and how much better off kids would be. Not true! The 7th period day may have saved money but at the expense of kids and teachers. Get rid of the ELOS period that requires extra money for Use that money to go back to the eight period day with a built in academic duty for teachers.

    “Another major aspect of the new budget is a $2.1 million one-to-one technology initiative, which entails providing all students in the district with laptops at no cost to families.”

    I disagree with the “no cost” part. Part of the issue with students and parents is that they feel a sense of entitlement. If they are not financially bound to the technology, they will not take ownership of it. I think a small tech fee is both legal and makes sense. Taxpayers put out enough money. Let the school fees fund some of this initiative and make the parents and students more responsible and respectful of what is given to them.

    The new budget includes an increase from 281 to 289 full time teachers, interventionists, instructional coaches and paraprofessionals. The district also repurposed two special payroll positions and created new data analyst, grant specialist and building-level social studies department chair positions. The district eliminated the district-wide social studies chairperson position some time ago.

    I wish the district would stop trying to make it like they took great pains to save money. The district chair position was just done away with this school year. Up until August, the district was still paying for the person to be the district chair. Also, they claimed they saved these same dollars several months ago when they were trying to rationalize giving one person a 20-30,000 raise (look at the old board meetings). The district also hires administrator’s replacements as soon as they leave. Shuffling around people to do jobs that they should have been doing is not saving money, it’s just shuffling. The district does not hire back the number of teachers it loses every year. Yes, it saves money but it hurts class size and education.

    Again, I am happy this board is trying to make changes but don’t get blinded by the glow from the glossy pics the supt. is in and circulates. There is much work to be done. Community members need to get involved and make sure our kids are taken care of.

    1. Maybe residents in the Proviso Township needs to attend the next board of education meeting in October, and voice their concern, and stay for the meeting to see what the faculty and district is doing to move District 209 forward.

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