Last night the Southwest Dubois School Corporation introduced the district’s proposed 2014 budget.

School offcials are forseeing the final tax rate for the school budget to nearly match the $1.19 per $100 of assessed value that was given by the state last year.

This year’s budget was put together while figuring an estimated assessed value of $275 million for the district, which is the same as the 2013 amount

Mike Eineman who took over as the Southwest Superintendent suceeding Terry Enlow back in March says his first experience perparing a budget was a smooth process thanks to a lot of help and advice from some friends

Now last night the board also introduced the corporation’s Capital Projects plan for the upcoming year. Eineman says the corporation plans to use dollars from the capital projects fund to improve the learning and athletics environments at the schools:

The overall corporation budget for 2014 is broken down into seven categories including the General fund of $11,811,155, received from the state based on student enrollment. Capital Projects, Debt Service, Referendum Debt (created in 2009 following the passage of a referendum), Bus Replacement, and Pension Bond are the other funds in the budget.

A public hearing to consider the proposed budget was held at the beginning of last night’s meeting however no one from the public spoke at that hearing.

The board plans to adopt the finalized budget after receiving official figures from the Indiana Department of Local Government Finance during the board’s September 19th meeting beginning at 6:30 p.m.

MIHAJLOVITS

Also last night the board officially appointed longtime Southridge Middle School Principal Al Mihajlovits (MA-HOW-LOW-VITS) as the corporation’s new transportation director. Mihajlovits will suceed Chad Schenk who left the district to become transportation director of the West Clark School Corpration in Henryville.

Mihajlovits has been a part of the Southwest Dubois School Corporation for the past 40-years. The last 22 as principal at Southridge Middle School a postion he will continue to maintain. With his addtional duties with the corporation, the board agreed to increase Mihajlovits’ annual salary by 10-thousand dollars.

HOLLAND RECOGNITION

And finally the board congratulated All Holland students, families, staff and community members. Holland Elementary was recently awarded initial accreditation with the North Central Association Commission on Accredidation and school improvement.

The Accreditation demonstrates that students, parents and community are focused on raising student achievement, providing a safe and enriching learning enviroment as well as maintaining an efficient operation staffed by highly qualified educators.