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Quick Hits: West Bloomfield School Board Adopts Budget

The district will have a surplus of $1.2 million thanks to a 5 percent decrease in expenditures in 2011-12, including money saved from privatizing some services.

The  Board of Education approved a budget for the 2012-13 school year Monday with a general fund surplus despite a cut in funds coming in from state taxes.

The 2012-13 budget provides an estimate for money coming into the district at $64.6 million, $2.4 million less than the 2011-12 amended budget. However, a 5 percent decrease in expenditures over the same time allows for the surplus of $1.2 million.

The funds saved by are expected to fall somewhere above $5 million for the three-year duration of the contracts.

The general fund balance is expected to grow from just above $419,000 to just under $1.6 million.

The $8,646 per pupil foundation allowance, cut by $470 per pupil last year in an act by the state legislature, continues to hurt revenue, while grants for "best practices" designed to help recoup losses are reduced this year from $100 to $52 per pupil.

The district predicts to lose 197 students in the upcoming school year, to 6,390 blended, continuing a three-year 

Taxable values are expected to continue dropping as they have since 2007, according to the budget, although the total levy continues to grow as well. In May, a 10-year, 1.5-mill building and site sinking fund millage proposal was voted to be placed on the Nov. 2012 election ballot.

The vote to adopt the budget was unanimous, coming with little public discussion from the board and no public comment.

General Fund Budget

2011-12 Amended 2012-13 Adopted Beginning fund equity $551,562 $419,154 Operating revenue $$67,061,830 $64,632,633 Total resources available $67,613,392 $65,051,787 Less instruction expenses $41,365,542 $40,375,278 Less support expenses $25,469,124 $22,740,356 Less outgoing transfers $359,572 $341,195 Total expenditures $67,194,238 $63,456,829 Ending fund equity $419,154 $1,594,958 Fund balance as divided by expenditures .62 percent 2.51 percent

Most transportation and custodial service employees to return

In other meeting news:

  • The district . It is currently making good progress with the district's goal of hiring many of the district's former employees, according to representatives. Justin Grygiel of Durham School Services told the board that all but two of the district's former bus drivers which expressed interest in new positions at Durham got jobs and that many of them will maintain the routes that they were on last year.

Burning on a subject in West Bloomfield Schools? 

Ruth Ann Czech June 27, 2012 at 10:58 PM
I am disturbed by the privatization of the custodial bus services in this district. What will be next?
Ruth Ann Czech June 27, 2012 at 11:03 PM
Oops! Custodial and bus services!
sherri james June 28, 2012 at 12:16 AM
I too am disturbed, and disappointed that they privatized both services. As a custodian who worked for the district, our department and transportation were more than willing to give up more and save the district millions of dollars and still they let us go. This has been the hardest week, because it is my last week. I met with many of my co-workers today, whom I've known for the last 26 yrs to say a very emotional. tearful good-by. It's hard to come to term's with the fact we won't be here in the fall as a work family. I truly will miss all of my friends at Scotch and in West Bloomfield.

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