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Tentative budget approved by Channahon School Board

CHANNAHON – The Channahon School Board has approved a tentative budget for 2015.

Total revenues are expected to be $20.54 million, which would be a 3.3 percent increase over revenues received last year, according to the tentative budget the board approved Monday. Expenditures are budgeted at $18.20 million, which would be a 4 percent increase. The tentative budget is a balanced one, according to District 17 officials.

Finance Director Mike Schroeder said a large part of the increase in expenditures is a new series of reading/language arts textbooks, approved by the board in January at a cost of $140,000. Other larger expense items will include a new HVAC unit to serve the multipurpose room at Three Rivers School and the potential of bus purchases.

Medical benefits also continue to rise, and Schroeder said a 15 percent increase was budgeted for that line item.

A public hearing on the budget is scheduled for 6:55 p.m. Aug. 25 in the district’s board room.

The board also approved, after a lengthy closed-session discussion, raises for the principals and athletic director of the Channahon schools. The school principals and athletic director were given 3 percent raises. In addition, Athletic Director Brad Homerding’s salary was adjusted for summer work to increase his base salary by $2,000.

David Bergstrom, the district’s director of technology, also was given a raise due to additional tasks assigned to his job description, according to Superintendent Karin Evans. His annual salary will increase from $58,568 to $61,496.

In other business,

the board:

• Approved several upgrades to the fire alarms in three of its schools – N.B. Galloway, Three Rivers and Pioneer Path – totaling $52,992. SimplexGrinnell will install panels, stations, sensors, horns and strobes as identified at the schools.

• Approved adding one item to its wage rate scale. The position of paraprofessional with a teacher’s license was added and given a wage range of $14.50 to $27.50 an hour.

• Approved fundraisers for the district’s PTO (Chip Shoppe catalogue, Market Day, The Kids Stuff Coupon Book, script cards and Savers Thrift Super Store); Music Boosters (Forte 5K run and Pasta Night) and the Athletic Boosters (golf outing at Heritage Bluffs).

• Recognized the district’s track team state qualifiers.

• Discussed the possibility of an open work/study session two hours before its next meeting Aug. 25.

• Approved sharing the appraisal costs of the proceedings of the Property Tax Appeal Board with the Channahon Township Assessor’s Office. The school district’s share will be $1,750.

The Channahon School District 17 board held a moment of silence Monday in memory of former school board member Roy “Babe” Todd, who died last week.

Board member Pat Clower said Todd served on the school board 33 years. He was president of the board when she was first seated, she said.

According to his obituary, Todd died June 16 at the Joliet Area Community Hospice Home at age 82. He married Patricia Breen at St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Minooka on April 5, 1952.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, and served during the Korean Conflict. He made his life and home in Channahon following his honorable discharge from his military duties, and was owner of R.A. Todd & Sons, Inc..

Besides his three decades with the school board, he served one term as Channahon Road Commissioner and was a member of the Channahon Civic Club, according to his obituary.

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