By Kathy Lynn, KOZY Radio
“We know we’re going to deficit spend, it’s just “how much?” Independent School District 316 Business Manager Randi Jurgansen presented an updated 2016 budget to the School Board of Independent School District 316 last Wednesday during the regularly scheduled board meeting.
Last June, ISD 316 didn’t have contracts with its unions, the taconite industry as a whole was down, and many of the state formulas weren’t complete. Last spring, Jurgansen predicted a $132,000 deficit. In the revised budget, she’s predicted an $85,000 deficit.
Positive news came from the taconite industry. Jurgansen told the board that the district is expected to receive $480,000 more than she predicted. Because of the economy, she said she had conservatively estimated that those monies would be down this year.
The board also heard an update from Melanie Britten, district marketing director, about the district’s social media status. There are three Facebook pages for the district. For general information about the district on Facebook, visit Greenway Public Schools. High school information can be found at Greenway High School. The elementary Facebook page can be found at Vandyke Elementary School.
Principal Jeff Britten told the board that Climb Theatre would be presenting a program on Feb. 3 to seventh through twelfth graders called, “Twisted Ride to Nowhere.” The program, dealing with meth and heroin addiction, is free thanks to a grant from the Northland Foundation.
The board approved the district’s pay equity report, a continuation of the joint powers agreement with the Northeast Services Cooperative, approved a trip for six Close-Up students to travel to Washington D.C., and a $1000 donation from the Grand Rapids Area Community Foundation for the Raider GIRLS.
On Feb. 16, the district will host the Itasca Area Schools Collaborative Multi-District Day. This year’s theme is mental health. More than 670 teachers, paraprofessionals, and administrators are expected to participate.