District 622 School Board adopts 2014-2015 budget

The North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale School Board unanimously approved and adopted the district’s 2014-2015 revenue and expenditure budgets at its Tuesday, June 24 meeting.

The $124,192,335 general fund budget the school board adopted is over $2 million short of projected revenue for next school year.

The district’s business services director Dennis Sullivan first presented the proposed budget at the May 27 school board meeting. Back then, he told school board members that the district’s projected capital expenditures were higher than budgeted, but all other portions of the general fund budget were balanced.

The vast majority of the roughy $2.3 million over-expenditure, he said, was due to needed construction projects at the Beaver Lake Education and Gladstone Community Centers in Maplewood.

The district plans to correct that overage by under spending its capital budget over the next two or three years.

Sullivan said the district typically under spends its capital budget every year by $300,000 to $400,000.

New bullying policy

In other school board business, board members approved revisions to District 622’s bullying prohibition policy and welcomed a new principal to the district.

Superintendent Patty Phillips explained that the revisions were necessary to bring the district’s current bullying prohibition policy inline with the state’s Safe and Supportive Schools Act signed into law this past legislative session.

Phillips told board members the updated policy would be easier for District 622 to implement than it would likely be for many other public school districts in the state.

“We are ahead of the curve,” she said. “We’re doing everything in this already in our district.”

Phillips also introduced the school board to Castle Elementary’s new principal — Bridgette Bruner.

Bruner is a 14-year veteran in the school district. She filled in as interim principal the last few months, while principal Allie Storti was on maternity leave.

Storti has accepted a position as principal of Pinewood Elementary School in the Mounds View Public Schools District.

Joshua Nielsen can be reached at jnielsen@lillienews.com or 651-748-7822.

 

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