Hilliard Northwest News

School board approves budget for fiscal year 2014


Hilliard school board members on Aug. 26 adopted the district's operating budget for fiscal year 2014, which ends June 30, 2014.

The district's total budget is $226.8 million, but the general-fund budget, which includes funding for staff and personnel expenses, is $167 million, or 74 percent of the total budget, Treasurer Brian Wilson's report said.

The general-fund appropriation for fiscal year 2014 represents an increase of $5.6 million compared to last year's general-fund appropriation, according to district spokeswoman Amanda Morris.

Other appropriations for fiscal year 2014 include: $23.4 million for the district's self-insured medical fund for workers' compensation, $16.3 million for bond retirement, $5.5 million for food services and $4.5 million for permanent improvements.

Employee health-care benefits, such as medical insurance, are included in the general fund, Morris said.

While personal services increased by a little more than 1 percent for the current fiscal year, health-care costs could increase by as much as 10 percent at the start of the next calendar year, Wilson's report said.

"The health-care cost increase is an estimate," said Wilson, and subject to a new collective-bargaining agreement for classified and certificated employees.

Contracts for classified and certificated employees, all but the administrators, expire Dec. 31.

Wilson's report outlined more than $700,000 in expenses for fiscal year 2014 associated with Ohio's new learning standards.

Those expenses include $400,000 to revise science and art courses for all grades; $170,000 for K-8 mathematic intervention materials; $100,000 for K-12 reading intervention and assessment; and $75,000 for K-5 mathematics supplemental instructional resources.