Budget picture improving for Sibley East District


Sibley East’s budget is improving for the 2010-2011 school year.

Superintendent Stephen Jones reported to the school board Monday night that the district will be assigning existing staff to Ruth Thom’s position for media and enrichment. Thom, last month, was granted a one-year leave-of-absence. Jones said this move is expected to save $66,000.

In addition, Jones reported that he is now comfortable to increase revenue for food service by $40,000. Jones wanted to wait to add in revenue to see the impact of offering free breakfast starting the second semester of the 2009-2010 school year and the addition of the summer food service program.

Enrollment also appears to be increasing. Jones said that he is comfortable increasing the enrollment by 15 students for the 2010-2011 school year.

With these changes, Jones anticipates the projected overspending will be less than $100,000, down from the initial projection of $300,000.

Jones reported that as of now, Sibley East has not had any delays in state aid payments. If this trend continues, Jones didn’t think Sibley East would need aid anticipation certificates for cash flow purposes until spring. It now only takes 20 to 30 days to receive aid anticipation certificates, he said, while in the past, it was a more time-consuming process.

In other business, the Board of Education discussed the flexible learning year that 22 school districts will be participating in. The school board directed Jones to meet with those districts in an effort to coordinate professional development training with area districts.