The West Central School Board adopted the 2016 budget when they met Thursday evening. Superintendent Don Street says it’s a total of $9.3 million. That includes $400,000 into the rainy day fund and a general fund budget of $6.4 million. West Central’s debt service budget is $797,000, and just over $1 million is allocated for capital projects. The corporation’s transportation budget is $574,000 and bus replacement is about $158,000.
West Central’s enrollment is down by 46 students over last year. Street says that has a direct impact on the general fund budget, which has been reduced as a result. He says the other funds are similar to where they were last year. He says the corporation will need to keep a careful eye on expenses in order to keep spending in the black.
The budget will now be submitted to the state Department of Local Government Finance for final approval.