FAIRBURY – At a meeting of the school board on Monday night, Fairbury Public Schools adopted its budget for the 2018-19 fiscal year.
There were no big surprises, according to third-year superintendent Stephen Grizzle.
Expenditures in 2017-18 increased by only 0.2 percent from 2016-17. Fairbury Public’s tax request also increased by a small margin, .59 percent, from the previous year.
“What we’ve done over the last three years has really slowed the budget expenditure growth,” Grizzle said. “My first year here, we cut it almost in half from the year before, and now we’re down to almost flatline expenditures, so that’s really good.
“I think what that shows is that we’re able to do everything we need to do and want to do in a school year, and we’re still being as fiscally conservative as we possibly can, so I think that’s a positive thing.”
Grizzle said this year’s budget also includes Phase II of Fairbury Public’s “facility improvement” project. This year’s phase will bring three new science labs, the renovation of the old science room into a special education room and doubling the size of the agriculture, woodwork, and automotive shops.
Last year’s Phase I included improvements on Fairbury High’s and Fairbury Elementary’s main entrances and front offices.
It’s been a busy past couple of days over at Fairbury High, as the Jeffs are celebrating Homecoming all this week.
The festivities include a parade and crowing, which will start on Friday afternoon at 3 p.m. on 4th and D streets downtown.
“We get a lot of student groups and alumni groups involved in the parade,” Grizzle said. “That’s always the highlight.”
Fairbury’s nominees for homecoming king this year include Devin Holliday, Jayson Klauman, Isaac Robertson, Colton Starck and Dillion Weichel. Homecoming queen candidates include Joy Ondrak, Mikasa Lierman, Tori Likens, Jessa Eden and Janessa Swanda.
The Jeffs football team (0-3) will play their homecoming game against Falls City (2-1). Kickoff from the Fairbury Athletic Complex on Friday evening is set for 7 p.m.
Fairbury beat the Tigers 68-14 last season.
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