District 204 May See State Revenue Increase

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District 204 could receive an increase in revenue from the state for the first time in a decade.

At the latest District 204 meeting the school board reviewed a draft budget.

 And thanks to the new evidence-based funding model, state revenue is projected to increase to almost $50 million, 14.45 percent of the district’s $340 million budget. 

“That’s the first time, if the state pays us which they said that they should, the first time in 10 years that we’ve got an increase in state funding, so that’s a positive,” said Jay Strang, chief school business official of District 204.

The draft budget was balanced with a projected excess of about $940,000 – though this may change if the school board decides to take action based on community suggestions from Engage 204.

Those include reducing class sizes, leasing a new space for alternative high school and steps program, raising teacher salaries, and installing new locks and intercoms in schools.

The board will vote to approve a tentative budget in May, and will approve the final version in June.

Naperville News 17’s Blane Erwin reports.