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On Sept. 21, the District 65 School Board approved a final budget for fiscal year ending June 30, 2016 (FY’16). Operating revenues are projected at $111.7 million, up 3.7% from the prior year. Operating expenses are projected at $110.6 million, up 3.6% from the prior year. The operating budget has an operating surplus of $1.1 million.

The District plans to use $900,000 of the surplus to prepay expenses in FY’17 and to bring a projected deficit for that year down to about $731,866.

One major change from the tentative budget that was approved last month is an increase in expenses by $326,459 for additional instructional and support positions to accommodate higher student enrollment and programmatic needs.

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