Janice Warner, assistant superintendent of finance for Saline Area Schools, gave a brief update on the 2017-2018 budget at the board of education's Oct. 24 meeting. She said that the board will need to amend the current year's budget due to a few new hires and some uncertainty about the exact amount of special education funding that will be coming in.
Supt. Scot Graden noted that adjustments to the salary portion of the budget reflect the school district's long-term goal of reducing class sizes to specific targets, especially in early grades, where smaller class sizes are show to be more effective. After the meeting, Graden said the board planned to discuss the budget further and vote on budget amendments in December or January.
In other news from the Oct. 24 meeting of the board of education:
Board Vice President Paul Hynek noted that board members will complete self-evaluations and compare them with each other and the superintendent over the next two weeks.
The board approved 7-0 a consent agenda that included bond fund and and general fund accounts payable and a human resources report.
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