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NUMBERS ARE GOOD: SGCS approves budget for 2014

October 23, 2013

CHURUBUSCO — A decline in enrollment turned out to not be as grim as initially forecasted.

Smith-Green Community Schools (SGCS) adopted its 2014 budget officially Monday. A total general fund of $7,498,714 was passed 4-0.

The situation is assisted by transfer numbers, which boosted enrollment. For the district, Fleetwood projected a decline of 12 students. It ended up being just a decline of five from last year.

Superintendent Galen Mast said that approximately 100 students in the school system have transferred in from outside the district.

“That’s basically one grade level,” he said. “Without those students, we would be another 100 short. It’s nice that we have been able to open up those boundaries and allow students to transfer in.”

A concern among the board and administration was the second head-count day in the spring of 2014. Students that graduated high school early will not be part of that count.

“We want students to graduate early, but the state takes away money if they do,” Mast said.

Board members said the more dual-credit opportunities available at the high school, the better.

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