Francis Howell Board to Vote on Budget at Meeting

Projections in the final budget have the district facing a deficit of $2.4 million in the operating funds.

The Francis Howell Board of Education will have one more meeting before the 2011-12 school year comes to a close at the end of June.

The board will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at the administration building. After spend the last two meetings  for the next school year, the board will vote to approve the 2012-13 budget during Thursday's meeting. 

With declining revenue, Howell is staring at a deficit budget for the upcoming year. Projections in the final budget have the district facing a deficit of $2.4 million in the operating funds. Declining revenue from property taxes and state and federal funds have combined with increasing revenue have caused the deficit. 

During previous budget discussions conversation has frequently turned to the tuition-based programs the district offers such as pre-school and vacation station. In years past, the programs were profitable. Now that is not that case. At the last meeting, Supple's presentation showed the programs running at a a $534,000 deficit, down from an $800,000 projection in May. 

Other items on the agenda include changes to insurance plans and premium contribution rates, a work session that will update the board update on the strategic plan.


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