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WDC school board approves revised budget

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The Wadena-Deer Creek school board approved organizational changes, a revised budget and a rehire offer for kindergarten teacher Deb Andrews Tuesday night at their January meeting.

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Board officers for the coming year will be Steve Techam (chairperson), Ann Pate (vice chairperson, John Moenkedick (clerk) and Kent Schmidt (treasurer).

The board approved a revised budget that had a deficit of only $88,000 in the general fund. Last June, the board approved a budget with a deficit of $270,000.

"In my experience more years than not you make a budget revision," Wadena-Deer Creek superintendent Lee Westrum said. "The further you get into the year the better the numbers look."

Westrum's figures indicate the district's general fund budget has shrunk from $10,499,831 to $10,398.547 while revenues have climbed from $10,229,149 to $10,398,547.

"You make your revisions and then you build your budget off those numbers which are more accurate," Westrum said.

Westrum said the administration's current plan is to have a preliminary budget ready for the board at their February meeting.

Andrews is a kindergarten instructor who is currently in her 34th year with the district. If she chooses to retire after the 2013-2014 school year, the board voted to re-hire her on a Step 1 contract.

The board also approved a lane change for 5-12 counselor Toni Kraska.

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