District 203 Plans to Spend More on Student Services

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Last night, the District 203 Board Of Education discussed its fiscal year 2018-2019 tentative budget plan.

The plan highlights increases to preschool programs for at-risk students and a new position of an executive director of diversity and inclusion.

While the focus on student services will be an initiative the district looks to support more, the budget is also projected to show savings to 203 taxpayers.

“It also accounts for increased needs for student services, including students with disabilities and early childhood education,” said Superintendent Dan Bridges. “The budget reflects the abatement of the 2017 debt service levy and the reduction of the education fund by $1 million, which resulted in savings to our taxpayers.”

The tentative fiscal year 2018-2019 budget will go on display for the public to view on Friday, August 10. The board will then hold budget workshops on August 20, September 4, and September 17. September 17 will also be when the board will hold a public hearing on the tentative budget, and afterward take a vote on it.

State law requires school districts to go through this process with their budgets by September 30.

Naperville News 17’s Christine Lena reports.