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McCleary School budget up $200k

The McCleary School District is working through the budget process for the 2014-15 school year, and there’s some good news.

The budget, which is still in its draft stages and expected to by approved by the school board at it’s July meeting, is up about $200,000 from last year due to additional revenues from the state and federal governments and a maintenance and operations levy passed by voters last year.

That returns funding levels to the 2012-2103 levels, despite the district budgeting for eight fewer students than it had last year, according to district officials. The school district operates just one school, a kindergarten through eighth grade school called McCleary School

The additional money will mostly be used to fund new math curriculum at the middle school level and to hire an additional teacher to keep the kindergarten and first grades to state-mandated levels of 20 students per class.

“It looks like we’re in a much better position this year from last,” said Superintendent Tita Mallory on Monday. “We didn’t have to put ourselves in the position of cutting back on staff, and that’s good.”