City & Government, Creswell

Budget bonanza

CRESWELL— Assumptions for the 2020-21 general fund budget are in the works and Superintendent Mike Johnson said that the Creswell School District is steady going into the next school year.
“Things are looking really good,” he said.
The district has a $200,000 increase over the budgeted contingency for 2019-20 — initially planning for an ending fund balance of $1,500,000.
The increase comes from an approximately $100,000 increase in revenues and $100,000 from projected program savings. The district also is starting with an 8% budget for contingency in case of an unforeseen event.
The district also projects an extended average daily membership weight (ADMw) of 1552.81 for 2020-21. This is a decrease of 10.91 ADMw over the current 2019-20 estimate. Johnson said the district could open transfers to make up for that 10% but the district will be looking at its full-time employees and make adjustments to match student enrollment and scheduling needs.
“We will see what happens with transfers going out versus going in,” he said. “We’re breaking even on that one, it’s an improvement for us but we don’t want to break even. We want more coming in than going out.”
The district will have to analyze expenditures for supplies and materials because Johnson said that the District has some curriculum needs they need to prepare for in the future. The district will also include the Fund 275 athletic budget into the general fund as well.
Although the expenditure assumptions appear to be status quo, the only difference is the increase to the Lane Education Service District (ESD) funds. The district will need to supplement that increase with an additional $70,000 but Johnson said that it’s because the district will be able to get more out of their increase of services.



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