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Marseilles begins tentative budget

The Marseilles Elementary School Board has authorized Superintendent Brenda Donahue to begin work on the 2019 fiscal year budgeting process and prepare the tentative budget for their approval.

“We should have a tentative budget in place for the start of the fiscal year's budget when our fiscal year starts this year on July 1,” Donahue said. “Based on our needs, we will work on a zero-based budget for each department.”

The concept of a zero-based budget originated during the 1970s as a method of justifying all school expenses for a new school year period. Before ZBB, schools might have looked at specific budget areas, assuming that nothing else needed to be double-checked, because everything else was already in place.

The process starts from a 'zero base.' Every departmental need is cost analyzed before, a ZBB is created around each need, usually regardless of whether or not each departmental budget is higher or lower than its previous budget.

Insurance renewal

The board approved a payment of $62,615 to WCSIT/ISDA insurance renewal of the annual property and casualty package. WCSIT provides risk control and investment returns while ISDA helps keep property and casualty insurance costs down.

“While we have been experiencing consistent increases, this cost is down from the last two fiscal years,” Donahue said.

In other business, the board honored the Marseilles Rotary Club's March Student of the Month, Delaney Cooper.

Approved the resignation of Learning Behavior Specialist, Tara Bennett, effective the end of the 2017-18 school year; the retirement of cafeteria worker, Betty Weishaar, effective June 1, 2018. The board thanked Betty for her “20 years of school community service.”

The board also approved the transfers of Patty Newberry from second to third grade, and Joelle Shulda from pre-Kindergarten to kindergarten, both effective for the 2018-19 school year.

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