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School board approves budget

Randy Bergquist

The 2017-18 proposed budget was approved by Osakis School Board members at a special board meeting Monday, June 26.

Superintendent Randy Bergquist told board members there is an anticipated deficit of $74,528, which is less than 1 percent of the total expenditures. The proposed grand total revenue is an estimated $10.395 million with the proposed grand total expenditures coming in at $10.47 million.

The proposed revenues for the 2017-18 school year are up from the 2016-17 school year, which were $9.984 million. On the expenditure side, this year's proposed expenditures are also up. Last year's expenditures came in $10.154 million.

The Osakis School District has a proposed total fund balance of $3.653 million.

One budget item Bergquist highlighted was that the district is purchasing Chromebooks for K-12 students, at a cost of about $62,500. With some repurposed mini iPads, the district will be one-to-one for technology, which means that every student will have some type of computer to use for the school year.

"That's pretty awesome for the Osakis School District," said Bergquist. "We are a 21st century learning school and there are a lot of great things going on in our schools."

A closer look at the numbers

Here's a look at the total revenues and expenditures, along with the total fund balance for this year, compared to the last three years. This year's numbers are proposed, while the others are actual numbers:

Grand total revenue

• 2014-15: $9.924 million

• 2015-16: $9.917 million

• 2016-17: $9.984 million

• 2017-18: $10.395 million

Grand total expenditures

• 2014-15: $9.83 million

• 2015-16: $9.901 million

• 2016-17: $10.154 million

• 2017-18: $10.470 million

Total fund balance

• 2014-15: $3.394 million

• 2015-16: $3.965 million

• 2016-17: $3.727 million

• 2017-18: $3.653 million

Celeste Edenloff

Celeste is a reporter for the Alexandria Echo Press and has lived in the Alexandria Lakes Area since 1997. She first worked for the Echo Press as a reporter from 1999 to 2011, and returned in June 2016 to report on the community she calls home. She enjoys running and has participated in nearly 200 races with her husband, Al, covering the 5K, 10K, 10-mile and half-marathon distances.

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