Glenbrook District 225 OKs tentative budget

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The Glenbrook High School 225 Board of Education tentatively passed the 2014-15 budget, showing $110.6 million in revenues and $109.8 million in expenditures in the operating fund.

Based on the budget for 2014-15, District 225 forecasted an operating fund balance of $77.8 million for June 30, 2015.

The tentative spending plan was approved July 28 and School District 225 serves Glenview and Northbrook.

In 2013-14, the district spent less than projected on expenditures and received a revenue balance from deferred state and federal grants, resulting in an additional $4.9 million in operating fund reserves, stated a district report.

School officials also said the new union contract with the Glenbrook Educators’ Association with 420 members helped balance the budget.

Base salary increases for teachers will be 1.4 percent for the first year of the contract, with a negotiated increase of 1.5 percent in years two, three and four.

The overall average increase, including experience, is a projected 3.4 percent for the first year, and 3.5 percent for the contract’s remaining years.

The agreement between board trustees and the GEA included no changes in fringe benefits, including health and dental coverage, other than usual annual premium increases and negotiated plan design modifications.

GEA President Matt Whipple said the contract showed a “decades-long tradition of dialogue and collaboration” between administration and staff.

“We believe the agreement will allow us to maintain and enrich the excellence of our shared community,” he said when the contract was approved in May.

The District is 96 percent locally funded, primarily through property taxes with less than 5 percent of funding provided by state and federal sources, stated the release, compared to the average Illinois school district that receives 38 percent from the state and 9 percent from federal sources.

“This structure gives District 225 taxpayers greater control over the quality and value of their schools,” said the release.

“It also ensures a favorable credit rating for the District and protects the schools from severe fluctuations in revenues, which could result in the elimination of programs.”

Since March, school officials have been studying the scenario that Glenbrook South could reach its student population capacity at 3,100.

GBS’ current population is 2,786 and could number 3,242 students in 2018-19.

However, Glenbrook North’s projected enrollment for 2014-15 is 2,037 with an expected downturn, thus prompting the possibility of sending future GBS students to the North campus.

In addition, North’s enrollment is projected to drop below 2,000 in 2017-18.

“A growing student enrollment requires additional resources,” said Superintendent Mike Riggle in a release.

“Our communities expect our current and future students to receive the same great quality education and opportunities that students have benefitted from in the past.”

The community can comment on the budget at 8 p.m. Sept. 8 at a public hearing in the Glenbrook South High School Student Activities

The board is expected to adopt the final budget on Sept. 29.

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