District 25 Passes Budget, Looks Ahead to Next Year
Cliatt, Cass, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Arlington Heights Elementary District 25 has just passed its budget for the 2000-2001 school year, but already school officials are looking ahead to projects for next year.
The district Thursday approved a $36.3 million budget that includes spending for about 225 multimedia computers as part of the continuing technology plan, new music textbooks and curriculum, and $300,000 in capital improvements, most of which will be completed by the time classes begin Monday.
Board members established spending priorities in April and held a public hearing in July before moving forward on projects that included upgrading the district's 911 phone system, replacing floors and entry doors in some schools and changing water pipes, among other maintenance improvements.
Now district staff wants board members to consider projects the schools didn't have enough money to pay for in the 2000-2001 year.
"Some of the projects have a long lead time," Mary Kalou, assistant superintendent for business, told the board. "As you can see ... this is a long list. We are going to prioritize and look at multi-year approaches to a lot of these items. …