Byron School Board Approves Revised Budget, Some Teachers Unhappy

December 18, 2017 11:25 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- The Byron School Board Monday approved a revised budget for fiscal year 2018, aiming to address a shortfall in the district's fund reserve balance.

School board policy says the district should keep its reserve balance at 8 percent or above; at the end of fiscal year 2017, the district's balance was 6.77 percent.


"We had some unforeseen expenses that weren't budgeted, we had a new building that was opening that utilities came in higher than expected, some of our purchased services we use in the district were higher than expected," Superintendent Joey Page said of the need to adjust the budget.

But some teachers and members of the public at the meeting said they were concerned about one aspect of the budget in particular-- an assumed freeze on teacher salaries as health insurance costs increase.

"Balancing the budget by freezing teachers' salaries is a short-term fix when there are clearly underlying problems," one teacher said.

"There needs to be a comprehensive solution and I don't see evidence of that," another person said.

Board members said it wasn't an easy decision, but with a change coming in the governor's office next year, they said they wanted to fix the issue now before any potential changes in state funding took effect.

The board approved a recommendation to work to get the reserve balance to the 8 percent threshold by June 30, 2019.

The district and the teacher's union are set to continue contract negotiations on Wednesday night.


Logan Reigstad

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