MENDOTA – The Mendota High School District 280 Board of Education passed a new budget at its Sept. 19 regular meeting.
The FY23 budget is projected to have revenue of $12,641,595 vs. expenses of $13,131,789 for a negative balance of $490,194. The negative balance is the result of two major capital improvement projects that were completed over the summer that the Board had approved earlier in the fiscal year. The budget minus the capital improvements projects shows a surplus of over $340,000 for FY 23. That is compared to the FY22 budget, which showed a final revenue balance of plus $657,895.
Both the FY22 and FY 23 budgets reflect a substantial increase in Personal Property Replacement (PPR) funding. This is the result of the State making some delayed transfers and a strong local economy as the result of State and Federal stimulus payments. Superintendent Jeff Prusator noted that the substantial increases in the PPR revenue should be viewed as one-time revenue sources and the Board of Education was cautious to use those excess funds on one-time facility repairs and upgrades and to not rely on those funds to pay salaries and benefits.
“On paper, we have had two back-to-back very strong fiscal years, but it is important to note that the additional PPR revenue that we have seen the last two fiscal years will end at the conclusion of this fiscal year,” said Prusator. “We believe this one-time extra revenue has been put to good use as we have made several improvements to our facilities.
“We are keeping our head above water. The finances and fund balances, especially in our four operating funds, continue to be solid at Mendota High School,” added Prusator.
Since FY20, District 280 has made over $4.8 million in improvements to the facility, which is now over 20 years old.
Improvements have included upgrades to gym lights ($32,916); back and front parking lot resurfacing, connecting the main and vocational buildings, replacing the asphalt shingles with metal roof shingles, upgraded lighting in the vocational building, renovation of four science classrooms ($3,494,821); new chiller and HVAC control panel system, enhancement to the parking lots and outside building lights ($711,984); replacement of one 300-gallon water heater with four tankless water heaters and replacement on five 4-inch control valves ($53,023); cleaned/repaired/fireproofed auditorium curtains ($15,640); repaired and painted tennis courts ($70,000); sanded and painted main gymnasium floor ($32,515); and drainage improvements to the baseball and softball fields, repairs to the dugouts and press boxes ($438,000).
Future capital projects include bus garage roof repairs, flat roof repairs, track resurfacing and field turf replacement.
Principal Denise Aughenbaugh said Homecoming Week is Oct. 3-8. This year’s Homecoming pardae will be on Thursday, Oct. 6 instead of its usual day of Friday, since there will be no school on Friday, Oct. 7 because of a teacher institute. However, the Homecoming football game will be played at 7 p.m. Friday and the dance will be from 7-10 p.m. Saturday in the gym.
The Curriculum Committee began meeting on Sept. 14 and discussion meetings started Sept. 21. Jim Sundberg is the board representative on the committee.
Aughenbaugh also announced that the Fall play, “The Play That Goes Wrong,” is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 14 and Saturday, Oct. 15.
The board approved a three-year contract for Aughenbaugh for the superintendent’s position, which she will assume starting with the 2023-24 school year.
The board accepted the resignations of Karina Arteaga as a paraprofessional and Kassidi Guerrero at the boys’ and girls’ bowling coach.
The next regular meeting of the District 280 Board of Education will be Monday, Oct. 17 at 6 p.m.