The South-Western City school board on June 27 approved a temporary fiscal year 2012 general fund budget of $195.7 million, an amount district treasurer Hugh Garside doesn't expect to change much once a permanent budget is OK'd in October.

The South-Western City school board on June 27 approved a temporary fiscal year 2012 general fund budget of $195.7 million, an amount district treasurer Hugh Garside doesn't expect to change much once a permanent budget is OK'd in October.

Garside told the board that two factors could affect the budget later this year any change in enrollment in the 20,000-student district and how much real estate tax collections could fall as a result of the continued downturn in the housing market and dropping home market values.

However, he told the board he is confident there won't be any major surprises with the district's budget.

"It (fiscal year 2012 budget) pretty much matches the five-year financial forecast," the treasurer said.

Board president Mindy Garverick and members Randy Reisling and Karen Dover attended the meeting and unanimously approved the budget. Members Jo Ellen Myers and Cathy Johnson were absent. A district spokeswoman said they apparently are on vacation. Superintendent Bill Wise also was out of town.

The fiscal year 2012 budget is about $2.4 million larger than last year's budget. Garside said after the meeting that both employee base-pay and step-pay increases account for most of the increase in the budget.

All three unions in the district negotiated new contracts this year. Several other factors also pushed the fiscal year 2012 budget higher.

"Our fuel budget is up about $300,000" over last year," Garside noted.

The district does not expect any further significant state funding cuts, the treasurer said after the meeting.

South-Western should get about $90 million in state aid next year.

In other business at the June 27 meeting, the three board members approved two administrative hirings.

Erik Shuey, principal at Jackson Middle School, was named executive director of secondary education. James Marion, assistant principal at Norton Middle School, will be assistant principal at the career academy.

The executive director post has been vacant since earlier this year when John Kellogg was promoted to assistant superintendent for curriculum.

Shuey will be paid $115,796 annually. Marion will make $77,383 a year.