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Lincoln-Way Board Talks Budget, Honors Employees

School Board meeting highlights: Destination Excellence awards, closing the fiscal year, public hearing for proposed 2012-2013 budget

The Lincoln-Way School District 210 Board of Education discussed its 2012-13 budget Thursday, closing the previous year with a $3.2 million deficit. 

The main order of business was the closing of the district's 2011-2012 budget and the passage of a resolution to display the proposed 2012-2013 budget for public inspection through Sept. 11, followed by a public hearing. The board will vote on the approval of the budget on Sept. 13.

The district closed its 2011-2012 budget with a deficit of $3,274,621 as of June 30. Supt. Lawrence Wyllie said the deficit was caused by a discrepancy between the amount of tax dollars and categorical grants the district was supposed to receive and the amount that was actually dispersed.

"The categoricals, we haven't received those in the last five years, so there was no reason to think we were going to get those," Wyllie said. "So I anticipated and knew that we weren't going to get the $1.5 million [in categorical grants], but I didn't know we were not going to get this.

"Had we received the taxes the way we should have, we would have closed the books 120 thousand in the red, which is not bad. There's no way we would have been in the black, but we would have been a lot closer."

Other business at the meeting included the renewal of the district's intergovernmental agreement with the Frankfort Square Park District for another year.

The agreement facilitates the use of D210 facilities by the park district and vice versa. The school board also approved out-of-state travel requests for the Lincoln-Way North Marching Phoenix and Lincoln-Way East Marching Griffins marching bands.

The proposed D210 2012-2013 budget will be available for public review in the Superintendent's office at  between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. through September 11. The public hearing regarding the budget will be in the same location on Sept. 11 at 6 p.m.

Destination Excellence Awards

The meeting was preceded by a special ceremony in 's Knights of the Round Table Hall recognizing 11 employees with the Destination Excellence award.

The award honors district employees for "outstanding contributions in helping make Lincoln-Way Community High School District 210 a special place for students," according to a statement from Dr. Lawrence A. Wyllie, superintendent.

This year's Destination Excellence honorees were:

  • Janet Reis, Lincoln-Way Central guidance counselor
  • Alyssa Cannon, Lincoln-Way Central guidance counselor
  • Deb Galvan, Lincoln-Way Central administrative assistant
  • Marc Hucek, Career and Tech teacher at Lincoln-Way Central and Lincoln-Way East
  • Dale Sandoval, Lincoln-Way East art teacher
  • Betsy VandenBerg, Lincoln-Way East teacher
  • Lynn Hnetkovsky, Lincoln-Way East teacher
  • Laurie Knick, Lincoln-Way East social worker
  • Christine Ziegenfuss, Lincoln-Way East social worker
  • Dan Schaddelee, Lincoln-Way East maintenance worker
  • Dawn Shanahan, Lincoln-Way East paraprofessional

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What an honor to have such great educators in our community. Way to go Lincoln-Way Central!

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