The Niles Township High School District 219 school board approved a tentative $156 million budget for the next school year. That marks a 7.31 increase in spending over the 2011-2012 budget, with much of the increase due to the cost of the new aquatic center at Niles North High School.
District 219 also includes Niles West High School.
The plan also estimates that the district will receive $156 million in revenue, a 1 percent decline from last year’s revenue estimate.
The tentative budget will be on public display until Aug. 27, when the school board is expected to vote on it. It can be viewed online here.
New financial officer welcomed
At the same meeting, the school board welcomed its new chief financial officer, Kristine Rull, who most recently was senior vice president and director of specialized markets at Urban Partnership Bank in Chicago. In the world of education, she served as the Chicago Public Schools director of school operations and renovation.
Rull fills the position vacated by the former assistant superintendent for business Paul O’Malley, who left in April to take a similar position in Oswego Unit District 308. Gerry Yeggy, a former assistant superintendent for business, has served in the position on an interim basis as the budget was prepared.
Operations fund to rise from $14.4 to $22.6 million
According to the budget, expenses in the district’s education fund are to increase from $92 million to $94.3 million, or 2.6 percent. The operations and maintenance fund, which includes the capital outlay for the new pool complex, is set to increase from $14.4 million to $22.6 million, or nearly 57 percent.
The district will see decreases in its spending in the debt service and capital projects funds.
Per Pupil Cost will be $23,449
District 219 expects to see a small decrease in its operating expense per pupil next year, from an expected $23,956 last year to an expected $23,449 next year. The operating expense per pupil does not include capital costs such as the spending on the pool project. Even so, the costs included in operating expenditure per pupil are expected to rise slightly, from $108.9 million to $109 million. The per-pupil cost is expected to drop because the district is planning for more students, with the expected average daily attendance going from 4,544 students to 4,652.