The Burlington School District is going back to the drawing board when it comes to reshaping school boundaries.
Superintendent Jane Evans says the district’s elementary enrollment is out of balance. She says, for example, North Hill has too many students while Blackhawk is running well below capacity.
The district estimates that 14% of its elementary school students do not attend their neighborhood school. In response, it identified a neighborhood where students could change schools to help balance out the enrollment figures.
Superintendent John Henriksen says the Central Lee School District’s budget for the 2012/2013 school year is quite comparable to the district’s current budget.
The school board certified the roughly $14-million dollar spending plan Monday night.
Henriksen says the spending plan is just a couple hundred thousand dollars larger than the current budget. He says the budget’s general fund sits at around $10-million, though he believes the final expenditures will come in at around $9-million.
The Keokuk School Board has signed off on the district’s roughly $32-million spending plan for the upcoming school year.
One of the highlights is the fact that the property tax rate will drop by 73-cents, or nearly 4%. The district’s share of property tax bills are not expected to fall by 4%, though, because of the residential rollback.
The budget also includes an expansion of Keokuk’s preschool program for 4-year-olds. The addition of a second classroom will allow an increase in enrollment from 30 to as many as 80 preschoolers starting in the fall.