During a brief
meeting Monday, the Duneland School Board set the dates for submitting next
year’s budget to the state.
The proposed budget
amounts, rates and levies for 2015 will be reviewed by the board during a
special meeting on Monday, Aug. 25, followed by authorization to advertise
the numbers in the state’s Gateway system where it can be seen by the
public, said DSC Chief Financial Officer Lynn Kwilasz.
The rates will also
be sent to the Porter County Council for a non-binding review, she said.
A public hearing
for the proposed budgets and levied funds, like the bus-replacement fund and
the capital projects fund, will be made during the school board’s Sept. 8
adoption will be on the agenda for the board’s Oct. 6 meeting to finish up
in time for the state’s deadline of Nov. 1.
In other action,
the board gave authorization to advertise an additional appropriation of no
greater than $185,000 to its rainy day fund. Schools Superintendent Dave
Pruis said the money will be put toward purchasing a new delivery truck with
a lift gate and an emergency generator for the school corporation’s Special
Services building. Pruis said the current delivery truck will be traded in.
A public hearing
for the appropriation will be held at the school board’s next meeting on
Speaking on budget
matters, Board President Ralph Ayres said he was pleased to report that the
Burns Harbor Redevelopment Commission has agreed to give the school
corporation $135,000 of proceeds each year for the next 10 years from the
new expansion of its TIF district. Ayres sits on the Commission as a
In his comments
section, Pruis showed a video about the Dunes Learning Center, which has a
partnership with the school corporation through a grant with the Flora
Richardson Foundation. Each year the fourth graders attend an overnight
visit where they interact firsthand with the natural environment.