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APS starts budget process for 2019-20

Submitted by Phil Heimerl on March 14, 2019 – 12:48 amNo Comment
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Alpena Public Schools unveiled draft versions of long-range technology and maintenance budgets for the 2019-20 school year during a board of education finance committee meeting Wednesday.

Setting those budgets is part of the general fund budgeting process for the new fiscal year starting July 1.

Mary Lyon, Associate Superintendent for Business and Operations, told the board of education’s finance committee Wednesday, the district’s entire maintenance “wish list” exceeds $2.75 million.  The list of projects includes everything from paint and carpet to a new roof at the Gordon Road building and a new $1.25 million boiler system for Ella White Elementary School.

The school district cannot afford that type of an annual maintenance budget so Lyon has pared down the list to about $482,000.  She said there may be $162,000 left in the current maintenance budget that could be carried over, leaving a balance of $320,000.

The preliminary technology budget of roughly $323,000 includes over 650 Chromebooks for kids and another 197 for teachers.  Superintendent John VanWagoner said the additional Chromebooks will basically put the district at one device for each student.

Lyon said there is a surplus of over $156,000 in the current technology budget that could be carried over to the new year, leaving a balance of about $167,000.  Those numbers are subject to change.

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