PUBLIC DISCUSSION: WCCS takes budget under review

COLUMBIA CITY — The 2014 budget for Whitley County Consolidated Schools is under review by the Board of Trustees. WCCS Business Manager Tony Zickgraf released the proposal to the school board at Monday’s meeting. “We encourage each of you to meet with the superintendent and myself with any questions you have about the budget,” Zickgraf said. Zickgraf and his staff put several months into the budget project, which will be open to public discussion at the Sept. 3 board meeting.“Anyone can make comments on the budget,” Zickgraf said. September 16 is the projected date the proposal will be adopted by the Board of Trustees.More information regarding the budget is available in today’s edition of The Post & Mail, and will also be published Aug. 30.Zickgraf explained that the General Fund category of the budget mostly pays for staff — $.86 of every dollar in the fund goes toward employees and benefits. The General Fund budget is $23,854,659, an increase of $321,000 from 2013. “There were no pay raises given to employees except step or increment increases,” Zickgraf said. “I haven’t factored in any new people either — we can’t afford it.”To read the rest of this story, see the Aug. 23 issue of The Post and Mail. Don't have a subscription? Call (260) 244-5153 or subscribe to our e-edition. For breaking news, sports updates and additional coverage, bookmark the homepage and find us on facebook and twitter.