District 186 to present 2019 budget next month

    New budget challenges for District 186

    New school year new budget challenges for District 186.

    The district will present a $188 million dollar plan to the school board next month.

    Justin Carter has a first look at the money and how it could get spent.

    With a new school year, comes a new budget for District 186. The area's largest school district will present a $188.5 million plan to the school board next month.

    At this time last year, District 186 was gripped with the unknown as the budget impasse stalled vital dollars. District 186 Superintendent Jennifer Gill says there is a bit of relief this year.

    "We have received three full payments from the state and we are still behind a little over two million dollars from last years fiscal dollars and appropriation but we are hopeful that we will be getting those in time," Gill said.

    The tentative budget for Fiscal Year 2019 is around $188.5 million with nearly 90% of that money pumped into the districts educational fund. The fund supports academic programs, salaries and support resources.

    The remaining dollars support operations, maintenance and transportation costs.

    "That's a better situation than we have been in, in some time," Gill said. "For being able to just run our day to day."

    The operating budget overall is about $2 million less than the FY2018 budget.

    "With our new evidence based funding model, we were able to receive some extra dollars last year," Gill said. "We are waiting to see what that amount we be this year."

    Superintendent Gill is expected to present the budget by the September 17th board meeting.

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