By ROBERT S. MERRILL
A 2013/14 maintenance and operation budget of $3,325,512 has been approved by West Side School District officials.
This year’s spending plan increased by $209,789, or six percent, compared to last year’s budget of $3,115,723, which ended June 30. One year ago the budget increased by $41,528.
Brian Mendenhall, district business manager, said this coming year’s budget is tight because the district received less than a one percent, or only $10,000, increase for the maintenance and operation budget from the state legislature.
Mendenhall told The Preston Citizen in order to balance the budget the district had to move $100,000 from a contingency reserve account to the general fund.
Spencer Barzee, superintendent, said after everything is compiled the district will have about $40,000 less to work with than last year.
Mendenhall said salaries for incoming teachers will increase by $500, compared to last year’s level of $30,500. “The increase is the result of added monies sent to the district by the State Legislature. The legislators restored teacher-salary schedule steps that have been frozen the past three years,” he said.
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