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By Carissa Sitki
The Brussels Community Unit School District 42 Board of Education gathered on Tuesday evening, Sept. 20, for their regular monthly meeting, which followed their budget hearing. The district now has a balanced budget for the 2022-2023 school year, following the board’s approval.
The budget was presented by Superintendent Dr. Mark Martin and Board Treasurer Nancy Kulp. During the meeting’s New Business portion, Martin detailed the budget.
“The proposed 2022-2023 budget has been developed over the last few weeks. The state’s evidence-based funding system for the disbursement of state funds to schools continues this school year,” said Martin. “Federal Title I, Title II, and Title IV grants continue again this year, as well as the IDEA grant funds to help provide services in public and private schools. These federal grants are shared with St. Mary School as usual. ESSER III grant funds are in place now to help with expenses needed to improve schools and support students who may have been impacted by COVID-19. Over the summer we received confirmation of the allotment that we will receive through the REAP grant program as we have in the past.
Martin explained to the News-Herald that there were a few areas that received budget increases due to rising costs.
“Because increased prices are predicted for fuel, electricity and food products,” said Martin, “we built in significant budget increases for those items.”
Also under New Business, the board approved the transportation routes which are required by State Code to be approved annually.
Additionally, the board approved:
• Board of Education minutes from the regular meetings held on July 19 and Aug. 16;
• Board of Education minutes from the special board meeting held Sept. 13;
• Request for the Junior Class Fundraiser;
• Attendance data for August 2022— Grade School was 98 percent (98.2 percent in 2021), Jr. High/High School was 98.8 percent (98.4 percent in 2021), and district-wide was 98.4 percent (98.3 percent in 2021).
The Brussels CUSD 42 Board of Education meets on the third Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. They are scheduled to meet again on Tuesday, Oct. 18.