Unit 5 budget at status quo

By Beau Ebenezer

Unit 5 budget at status quo

August 22, 2012 Updated Aug 23, 2012 at 9:37 AM CDT

NORMAL, Ill -- The Unit 5 School Board approved the proposed total budget of $138.4 million for the 2012-13 school year.

Unit 5 says they are maintaining growth for this school year.

The $90.7 million education fund budget allowed them to hire about a dozen more teachers for the year.

However, Unit 5 Business Manager, Erik Bush says state and federal cuts to the education funding may be seen in the following school year along with pension funding.

Recently, the school district received two million of the five million dollars it's owed.

The state is expected to pay the rest this fall.

For now, Bush says the approved budget is at the status quo compared to previous years.

"We are managing our growth. We certainly have over half of our elementary schools seeing new teachers because of growth. We are trying to manage the chaos out of Springfield and how that's gonna effect our ability to plan on the revenue side. I think what we've presented is responsible and balanced."

Unit five will be meeting again in Springfield on August 23rd to discuss their case against the union on the recent firing of union drivers.

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