Lindbergh board eyes 2012-’13 budget with $29,000 surplus

One-year textbook reduction will save a total of $320,000

By Mike Anthony

A proposed operating budget for the 2012-2013 school year that projects a surplus of more than $29,000 was scheduled to be considered earlier this week by the Lindbergh Board of Education.

The Board of Education was set to meet Tuesday night — after the Call went to press.

The proposed budget would eliminate summer school for elementary and middle-school students and would reduce the district’s textbook budget for one year.

The proposed 2012-2013 budget projects expenditures of $60,969,554 with anticipated revenue of $60,998,867 — a surplus of $29,313.

A revised operating budget for the 2011-2012 school year projects expenditures totaling $60,774,352 with anticipated revenue of $61,229,423 — a surplus of $455,071.

Eliminating summer school for elementry and middle-school students will save $180,000. Summer school will be offered for high school students, Nancy Rathjen, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, told the board during a budget workshop in late April.

The one-year reduction of the district’s textbook budget will save $320,000, but Chief Financial Officer Pat Lanane said at the workshop he believed that amount would have to be restored to the textbook budget for the 2013-2014 school year.

At the workshop, board members agreed with the assumptions Lanane used to build the proposed budget, including expenditure decreases totaling $868,000.

Board members also agreed with expenditure increases of $1,145,725 for the coming school year, including a $714,000 increase in employee salary and benefits.

The board last year approved a two-year salary schedule for teachers that provides an annual average increase of 2.8 percent.

The schedule provides teachers with a 3.87-percent salary increase for the current school year and a 1.78-percent pay raise for the 2012-2013 school year.

The increase in salary and benefits includes the 1.78-percent pay raise, a 5-percent increase in insurance premiums and mandated retirement contributions.