The South-Western City Schools' temporary appropriations general fund budget for 2011 will grow to about $6-million over last year, as approved by the school board June 28.

The South-Western City Schools' temporary appropriations general fund budget for 2011 will grow to about $6-million over last year, as approved by the school board June 28.

The $193,284,065 general fund is an increase of about 3.2 percent over the $187,254,818 general fund budget of fiscal 2010.

Treasurer Hugh Garside told the board the largest chunk of the $6-million increase is a $4-million increase in "pass-through" state money that goes to charter schools.

SWCS hands that money over to about 50 charter schools that have students from the SWCS attendance area.

"There's not a lot of increases in other areas" of income for SWCS itself, Garside said.

Included in temporary appropriations is about $2-million for pay-step increases for union employees, but no base-pay increases.

Garside said current labor negotiations ultimately will determine if step or base salary increases are granted in fiscal 2011.

The step increase numbers were included in the temporary appropriations because they have been annual expenses in the past, he said.

The negotiations could last several more months, school officials have said. Both unions gave up base salary increases last year.

The 2011 appropriations measure also includes other district budgets and funds, such as capital improvements and bond retirement funds, but the general fund is by far the largest.

Garside told the board in his executive summary for the 2011 appropriations measure that the biggest concern is state funding in the next biennium.

About 43 percent of the general fund money is from the state.

"Early legislative projections estimate that the district could lose anywhere from $20-million to $30-million annually in funds from the state in fiscal years 2011-12 and 2012-13," Garside said in the summary. "A loss of this magnitude would be devastating to the district."

Such a loss in funds would virtually wipe out the estimated $18.5 million generated annually by passage of a 7.4-mill operating levy last November, he wrote in the summary.

Board president Randy Reisling thanked Garside for a complete and concise report on the district's finances.

"Our revenue situation isn't always as rosey as it could be," he said.

No other board members commented on the appropriations measure. Member Jo Ellen Myers did not attend the meeting.

Under state law, the board must act on a permanent fiscal year budget by October.

In other business, the board:

Approved a two-year contract for Robert F. Rains to be director of personnel at the district service center. The contract takes effect Aug. 1 and pays $108,880 a year.

Approved a two-year contract for Cheri Denise Denis who will take over as principal of Prairie Lincoln Elementary School beginning Aug. 2. Her salary will be $88,974 a year.

Approved a two-year contract for Scott Counts effective Aug. 2. He will be paid $88,110 a year as principal of Finland Elementary School.