Hilliard Northwest News

School board approves budget for fiscal year 2014

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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.

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