Board amends district budget

Rochelle Township High School Board President Tom Huddleston asks for a roll-call vote of board members on the board’s approval of passing the district’s FY19 budget amendment Monday night.

ROCHELLE — During the regular monthly meeting of the Rochelle Township High School Board Monday night, the district’s FY19 budget was amended.
According to district business manager Kevin Dale the district will show a deficit of $531,093.
“This deficit occurs in primarily two funds, Capital Projects and Health Life Safety,” Dale explained. “Of the deficit, $275,000 this fiscal year was for the office remodel. An additional $226,600 was for the HVAC repairs that were paid in this fiscal year but the work was mostly completed last fiscal year and the remaining $29,493 deficit is additional expenditures in the Education Fund.”
Other business
Board members also amended the Northern Gateway TIF District agreement with the City of Rochelle annexing the high school’s bus garage property, located at 1382-1384 N. Eighth Street, to be included in the Northern Gateway TIF and dealing with bonds related to that agreement.
Appointment of district attorneys were also appointed Monday. Those include Fearer, Nye and Chadwick of Rochelle for General Legal Law; Foley and Foley of Chicago for General School Law; Robbins Schwartz of Chicago for Property Tax Appeals and General School Law; and Zukowski Law of Peru, Illinois for TIF Districts.
Employment
Joel Ramsey was appointed as an instructional liaison; Laura Chiavini as a paraprofessional; Charity Prose as National Honor Society advisor; Julie Cole as volunteer swim coach; and Ali VanVickle as assistant volleyball coach.
Board member also approved capital purchases for the next school year including new digital wall clocks and software at a cost not to exceed $43,000 to replace current 14-year-old clocks. Also approved was the purchase of an ice machine for the PE/athletic department not to exceed $7,686; a John Deere for the maintenance department not to exceed $14,650; and a three-wheel groomer for the maintenance department not to exceed $16,780.
The board will next meet Tuesday, July 9 at 5:30 p.m.

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