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|Monmouth-Roseville Schools Approve 2009-2010 Budget
|The Superintendent of the Monmouth-Roseville School District says there are two areas that are having a major impact on his budget for the current year: the new contract for the teachers in Galesburg schools, and a huge uptick in insurance costs.
Paul Woehlke told the District-238 school board during a special meeting Tuesday night that what was expected to be a nearly $400,000 deficit in the budget for the current school year ballooned to $570,000.
For one, Woehlke says the new contract between the Galesburg School District and the Galesburg Education Association had something to do with that, because they're also the administrative agency for the Knox-Warren Special Education District.
"The Galesburg district has since settled the contract, and the impact of that contract settlement on Knox-Warren's staff lead to an increase in the costs to us of $73,300," Woehlke said. "I did forewarn that was going to be happening last month when I presented the tentative (budget). Now we know the amount of it."
Woehlke says the other big factor is Blue Cross Blue Shield. He says insurance claims went up 20 percent last year in the district, so Blue Cross wants to raise premiums 20-percent, or $178,000.
He says he initially projected only a six-percent increase, and recommended the board approve that increase and keep negotiating with the insurance company.
That cut the deficit down to $470,000, which Woehlke says, will not require a state-mandated plan of action because of good fund balances.
The board approved the budget Tuesday night.
|09 30 09 by Newsroom
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