School budget for 2013-14 set

July 10, 2014 —

The final 2013-14 budget for Hudson Area Schools came out quite well, the Hudson Area School Board decided last week.

At the end of the last school year on June 30, the schools had revenues over expenditures of approximately $101,000, which makes the school’s fund balance just over $1.1 million — a far cry from a few years ago when the schools were in deficit.

The next year won’t show quite that degree of improvement, thanks to expenses involved in setting up the new Center for Science and Industry. At this point, expenditures are expected to outpace revenues by about $490,000, said Jackie Bowen, business manager for the schools.

However, Ms. Bowen said the budget surplus is great news for the school. “Operating within our budget meant we could add on members of our staff. There were three new positions last year, and two new ones this year, a kindergarten and a fifth grade teacher.”

It is anticipated that state aid will climb by $50 per student next year. In addition, Ms. Bowen expects there to be the equivlent of twenty students this year, at least some of which will result froms students from other Lenawee and Hillsdale County districts attending the Center for Science and Industry on a part-time basis.

“We have a lot of optimism about the CSI program,” Ms. Bowen stated. “We have one company leaving space and are expecting another one soon. The first adult students will start there on July 15, and high school students will be enrolling there in the fall. The outlook is positing, and there are lots of good things going on in the district.”