Galva school budget deficit lowest in 5 years

Carol Townsend
Galva schools got a better-than-expected financial report Monday night.

Galva School District will end this fiscal year with its smallest deficit balance in five years, according to Supt. Doug O’Riley at Monday night’s Galva School Board meeting.

O’Riley said that it had initially been projected that the district would have a $600,000 to $700,000 deficit. Instead, he said, it will end with about a $131,542 deficit.

To date, the State of Illinois owes Galva School District $291,297 in back revenue. O’Riley noted that if the state had paid, the district would have ended the year in the black.

Also Monday, the board kept school fees the same as last year, except for drivers education and the elementary school yearbook. Drivers ed will increase from $50 to $100, and the elementary yearbook will go from $10 to $15.

Larry Johnson cast the only vote against the school fee changes. Voting in favor were Gary Edmonds, Darcy Jeffries, John VanDeVelde, Andrew Larson, Terry Jo Russell and David North.