622 board approves capital expenditure budget

On the heels of cutting about 90 staff positions to try to make up for an $8 million shortfall, the District 622 Board of Education approved a scaled-down capital-expense budget for the school year starting in July.

The North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale district is on track to spend $4 million in capital expenditures during the 2014-15 school year. Capital expenses include everything from facility repairs and upgrades to technology improvements, copier leasing and purchase of everything from student desks to musical instruments and software licenses.

The $4 million itself is a trim from a projected $4.3 million that was budgeted at the beginning of the year.

For 2015-16, however, the amount budgeted is $2.76 million — less than 70 percent of this school year’s expenditures.

Recurring line items with the biggest cuts are:
• Technology and Curriculum, which dropped $650,000 ($250,000 next year as compared to $900,000 this year).
• Data projects, which was cut by $200,000 to $40,000 in this year’s budget, will be left unfunded next year. The fund pays for outside data gathering and analysis such as projecting long-term enrollment and facilities needs.
• The current $61,200 for classroom furniture replacement will drop 25 percent, to $45,900
• Building repair and maintenance will be cut by $29,600, taking the budget down 25 percent, to $88,740 for next year
• North and Tartan each lost about $17,000 from their capital expenditure budgets, which typically run around $68,000
• Middle schools — John Glenn, Maplewood and Skyview — each lost about $7,000 from last year’s budgets of approximately $28,000.

— Holly Wenzel

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