School budget dips into fund balance

Clarkston Board of Education voted, June 20, to approve the final amended 2016-2017 budget and the 2017-2018 budget.
Total revenue in the 2018 projected budget is $85,177,973, with 7,468 fulltime and 970 shared revenue students.
Last year’s total revenue was $84,987,175, with 7,568 fulltime and 870 shared-revenue students. Total expenditures for 2018 are budgeted at $86,555,519. Expenditures for 2017 were $83,901,088.
The ending fund balance for 2018 is projected to be $7,854,773, which is 9.07 percent of expenditures and $570,546 less than last year’s balance.
The fund balance at the end of the 2017 school year was $8,425,319, which was 10.04 percent of expenditures and an increase of $1,213,087 compared to the year before.
About $10 million of the $75 million bond approved last year is budgeted this year, including demolition and replacement of the Clarkston High School track and field, as well as roof improvements and data cabling at the high school.
Summer work also includes renovations to Andersonville, Bailey Lake and Springfield Plains elementary schools. Projects include new secure entrances at Andersonville and Bailey Lake, and playgrounds, sidewalks, and parking lots at Springfield Plains.
Bid requests have gone out for a new security camera system throughout the district later this summer and into the fall.

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