On Monday at 6 p.m., the Duneland School Board will meet to continue its
annual budget work, this time to make a preliminary review of the 2013
General Fund budget for the school district.
Over 90 percent
of the school’s General Fund is used to pay teacher and staff salaries.
Almost all of the funding, 97 percent of it, comes from the state funding
formula for schools collected from income tax and sales tax.
formula includes a per-pupil amount each year and in 2012 was at a five year
low. Duneland received $4,771 per pupil in 2012, a rank of 23rd from the
bottom out of 359 school corporations in the state.
The board at its
previous meeting was given a preliminary review by Assistant Superintendent
Dave Pruis of the schools’ 2013 projections of the debt service fund,
capital projects fund, transportation fund and school bus replacement fund.
show that the funding slump is still in place with amounts similar to last
A public hearing
on the 2013 budget is scheduled tentatively for Monday, Sept. 10.
Also under new
business is an appointment for an assistant principal at Chesterton Middle
School. A personnel report will also be given by Assistant Superintendent
Superintendent Dirk Baer will also give comments to the board.
Baer at the July
12 meeting said he plans to discuss Duneland’s scores in the statewide ISTEP-plus
Department of Education said Duneland for all grades had 83 percent of
students pass English, 85.3 percent pass math, and 77 percent passing both.
above the state’s average but were some of the lowest in Porter County.
The board will
meet at the Duneland School Corporation Administration Center, 601 West
Morgan Ave. in Chesterton.