Florence School District’s budget better than expected

FLORENCE, Wis. — The Florence County School District will end the 2019-20 budget year with a deficit but one that is lower than what was expected.

Delaying several larger purchases and other moves reduced the anticipated deficit from about $470,000 to $270,000, business manager Shawna Lindow said.

A new truck purchase was put off to August and will go in the 2020-21 budget. About $40,000 in teacher benefits, the equivalent of three days, also were moved to the next budget year, as were $12,000 in purchases.

The district received $13,000 more in Medicaid funding and a $5,000 credit for CESA 8 services.

Instruction costs were down $95,056, while support services decreased by $32,978. Special education instruction costs were up from $597,788 to $621,411, but that area did see a $22,340 saving in support services.

An additional $25,000 was “bits and pieces,” she added. One unknown cost is health care reimbursement, as people again begin going to doctor and dentist appointments.

The district budgeted $7,565,667 in total general fund revenues and ended the year at $7,633,170. Total expenditures were budgeted at $8,039,138 but came in at $7,904,092.

In other business, the board approved using $88,110 in CARES money to hire an on-site nurse for four hours a day, and more part-time maintenance staff to help provide additional cleaning and sanitizing at the school.


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