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District 203 Plans 4% Increase in 2012-13 Budget, As State Funding Drops

Board of education announces proposed 2012-13 budget now available for next 30 days until public hearing June 18.

For the next 30 days, Naperville residents can review the proposed 2012-13 budget for  before a public hearing June 18.

Dave Zager, the district’s chief finance officer, said the budget is balanced. Compared to last year, the operating budget has increased 4 percent to $233 million and the total budget is $240.9 million for 2012-13. 

Zager also noted the tax increase for residents during Monday night's Board of Education meeting. 

"With the tax levy that we passed last year, our taxpayers are paying about 1.5 percent, on average, more than they were last year," Zager said. 

State funding is set to decrease for the district from $21.7 million to $20.9 million while federal funding is anticipated to remain the same as last year. 

"The budget reflects an anticipation that state funding will decrease for us this coming fiscal year," he said. "[We] mainly anticipate general state aid reductions as well as reduction to our regular transportation reimbursement." 

Included in the total budget is an increase of $3.6 million for improvements or new gymnasiums or multipurpose rooms at , , and .

"Because of some of the boundary changes that we did, those schools are going to experience some significant increases in enrollment," Zager said. "And I know Elmwood in particular has one of the smaller gymnasiums that's used both for gymnasium and cafeteria purposes at our district, so it would be appropriate to make those improvements to those schools."

Within the operating budget, one time expenses totaling $1.2 million are expected to purchase and upgrade software as well as other improvements for the district. 

Zager said student services and fees are unchanged from last year, however lunch prices will increase to comply with federal regulations. Elementary and high schools can expect a 10 cent increase and middle schools a 15 cent increase.  

The board voted Monday night to approve a resolution allowing the proposed budget to be made available to the public. Starting Tuesday, the budget is available for review online, at the  branches and at the district’s administration offices.

Gerard H Schilling May 08, 2012 at 12:28 PM
Why isn’t this proposed budget on line so people could review it when they are home? I’ll tell you why. They want to make it as difficult as possible for the tax payers to be/get informed. They are ONLY raising our tax by another 1.5%. Are these people crazy? Enrollment is down, population is moving out of the city and state and these clowns want to raise taxes again as they do EVERY YEAR!!! Try cutting your salaries and benefits (especially pensions) and cutting our taxes instead.
Collin Czarnecki May 08, 2012 at 04:21 PM
Hi Gerard, I just spoke with the district and they have now posted the 2012-13 budget online. Here is the direct link. I'll also add it to the article. http://www.naperville203.org/news/article.asp?NEWS_ID=385
Gerard H Schilling May 08, 2012 at 06:42 PM
Thanks Collin I know it is politically incorrect to question anything to do with our great school system but it is long past time that they like the rest of us get a dose of reality. Half of the people in the service area of D203 don’t have children in school. Being an affluent area an additional 5 to10 % have their kids in private schools. So a minority of the population gets huge subsidies from businesses and people who get nothing out of the 82% of their real estate tax being devoured by this system. Of all this money 249 million, 83 to 84% goes to employee salaries and benefits. They slice and dice the budgets in such a way as to confuse the issues and transfer funds back and forth for the same reason. Professional services and other seems to be a dumping ground to stuff the budget with excess cash for the upcoming union negotiations. How do we add 9.5 people to a system whose enrollment continues to decline each year and has for at least 5 years?. Why do we add all day kindergarten to an overblown school system that can’t even teach our kids what their country’s history and constitution is? Why do we provide 3 meals under the food program to one the riches communities in IL? Why do we have bilingual education costing millions for illegal aliens? The list could go on all day. Bottom line is these people need to wake up and smell the roses. They are killing the goose that lays the golden eggs.
QualityEducation203.org May 09, 2012 at 12:44 PM
The tentative budget was posted on Board Doc's prior to last night’s meeting. The administration presented the budget to the Board for their approval to release it so the public comment period could commence. The District excels in posting all relevant financial data on their website. You can find detailed financials going back 5 years or so. I'll mention that D203's average spending over 20 years has been slightly under the average spending for school districts in Illinois in that time frame. More impressive is that there is not a single school district in Illinois whose students achieve higher ACT scores but the district spends less than D203. The four districts whose students do score higher than D203 spend a whopping 35% more on average than D203.

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