Board approves budget
Members of the USD 410 school board approved the 2017-18 district budget Tuesday.
The budgets total mill levy of 61.790 was left unchanged from last year.
The passed budget included a cut of about $21,000 to virtual education, which superintendent Max Heinrichs said is because fewer students are enrolled in the program.
“It’s for no other reason than we don’t have as many students as we did last year,” he said.
The budget includes an increase of about $100,000 for at-risk students in kindergarten through 12th grades.
“The state added funding in that area,” Heinrichs said. “We did have a growth in the number of students, but the state also had a raise in number of funding.”
In addition, the board approved an increase of about $686,000 to capital outlay.
Heinrichs said the board has no plan to spend even close to the $1,050,950 proposed for capital outlay.
“We have it just in case we do need it,” he said. “If we spend that much, something went wrong — a storm went through.”