Crestwood Oks budget

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The Crestwood Community Unit School District 4 school board approved the 2019-2020 budget during its monthly meeting Wednesday, Sept. 11, at the school.

The district’s finances continue to improve. The district’s education fund revenue is expected to be $4,551,629 with $3,943,110 in expenditures in the fund with a surplus in the fund of $608,519. The estimated ending fund balance in that fund is $2,164,851. The district receives $2,688,560 in tax revenue in the fund as well as $1,465,473 in state aid and $264,908 from federal sources.

The only Crestwood fund expected to be in the red is in transportation where a deficit of $69,351 is expected.

The board was scheduled to approve the district’s insurance policies but the action was tabled when questions arose about the amount of coverage and umbrella coverage. Crestwood’s insurance consultant, Travis Bushue, was not able to attend the meeting. Crestwood Superintendent of Schools Danette Young said she will contact him about the questions.

In other business the board:

nHeard a presentation from James Zellman of Honeywell about performance contracting.

-Approved the compensation and benefits report.

-Approved Facility Use Request for the Kiwanis Honeybee Pageant on Sunday, September 22.

-Approved Facility Use Request for Paris Junior League from Nov. 2, 2019 through Feb. 22, 2020.

-Approved a fixed rate for natural gas through Century Energy Solutions with Constellation Energy as the supplier effective May of 2020 through April of 2022.

-Approved a fixed rate for electricity through Century Energy Solutions with AEP Energy as the supplier effective June of 2020 through April of 2022.

-Announced enrollment of 677 students PreK-12th grade with 478 students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade and 197 at Paris High School in grades 9-12. Young said there are 20 fewer students through eighth grade this year and 14 additional high school students for a total of 675 district students, a loss of six students.

-Heard there is a county Teacher Institute planned Friday, Oct. 11, at Paris High School.

nHeard the district’s preschool program has received the Gold Circle of Quality from ExcelleRate Illinois.

-Heard the school has received a perfect food establishment inspection report from the Edgar County Health Department.

-Announced a 4-H Robotics Club meeting will be held at 4:30 p.m. September 23 for students in fourth through the 12th grade. Crestwood teacher Mary St. Clair will be the sponsor.