622 School Board approves $160.5 million budget for 2013-14

The North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale School Board approved a  budget for the 2013-14 school year at its regular meeting last month.

Minnesota statute requires the school board to approve the district’s revenue and expenditure budgets for the next school year before July 1.

The budget outlines expenditures at about $160.5 million, and revenues projected at about $154.1 million.

At the school board meeting, School Board Member Theresa Auge` asked that it be noted for the record that the budget’s expenditures are higher than the projected revenues. Dennis Sullivan, director of business services for the district, acknowledged that fact, and told board members he believes it will be important to continue to look at ways to balance the budget in the coming years.

“I think we all want our budgets balanced,” he said. “We don’t want to be overspending our budget.”

Sullivan added that the district received more general education funding from the state than was initially expected, which helped cushion the funding gap.

“The additional revenue that we received from the state moved those numbers closer together,” Sullivan said.

Sullivan said the budget will likely be revisited again in the late fall or early winter, and then again in late winter or early spring so the school board can approve any changes that may need to be made.

“We’ll monitor it along the way and come back to you if we need to make revisions to it,” Sullivan told board members.

— Alex Holmquist

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