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Monte Schools approve budget, add a math teacher

The Montesano School Board approved its 2014-15 budget last week, planning on both a slight uptick in enrollment and revenue.

The 2014-15 budget calls for $12,894,117 in expenditures, with $10,492,509 of that going toward salaries and benefits. Total non-employee expenses are $2,401,608. After all is said and done, the school district expects to retain just more than $1 million in reserves. Total expenditures for the past school year were 12,174,181.

Last year, the school district budgeted for 1,185 students with the year’s actual average full-time-enrollment climbing to 1,235. The district is budgeting for 1,202 students for the 2014-15 school year.

The district still is not funding all-day kindergarten, said Superintendent Dan Winter, who said he’s is hoping for additional state funding in the future in order to do so.

“We are not at that point yet from the state,” Winter said. “We think it will be down the road a bit.”

Winter said the upcoming budget is relatively status quo to last year in regards to expenditures.

“It’s pretty similar,” Winter said. “We added the one math teacher at the high school, but that’s about it.”