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School budget approved

Posted on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 12:51 pm

The Westmoreland County School Board approved the 2017-18 school year’s operating budget at their March 20 meeting after conducting a public hearing on the matter.
Revenue sources projected for next year have brought the budget up to $24,611,056 allowing the school system to attain many of their previous goals. Earlier this year the budget revenues were predicted to be just above $23 million.
In a Jan. 19 budget forum earlier this year there was no information regarding federal or local funding, however they anticipated level funding, meaning they would receive the same amount as last year.
Rice had reported, based on the Governor’s proposed budget, the school system would see an increase of $857,760 in state revenue over the current year’s budget.
State funding figures are in now and an increase of $848,877 is projected.
Federal funding shows a decrease over last year by $233,317.36 however Deputy Superintendent Cathy Rice reported that federal funds carried over from the previous year and they do not show up yet in the budget. Rice said the federal funding will remain stable with last year’s figures.

Read more in this week’s edition of the Westmoreland News.