School board passes proposed preliminary budget

During a six-minute long meeting in which only one member attended in person, the Unionville-Chadds Ford School Board directors passed a proposed preliminary budget for the 2018-2019 academic year.

The board held the meeting at 8 a.m. today in the district office. Board President Jeff Hellrung was the only director in the room. All other directors participated by phone. Hellrung said the early Wednesday morning meeting was held because of inclement weather Monday night, Jan. 8.

As passed by a 9-0 vote, the budget is for $87.9 million.

Superintendent of Schools John Sanville called the proposal "an estimate budget," because the district doesn't yet know how much money it will be getting from the state. He said the governor's proposed budget wouldn't be announced until March.

"What we've done," Sanville said, "is put together a budget that leaves all options open to us…allowing maximum flexibility."

The budget will be adjusted during the next few months once the directors have a better idea of anticipated revenues and expenses. A final budget will be voted on in June.


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About Rich Schwartzman

Rich Schwartzman has been reporting on events in the greater Chadds Ford area since September 2001 when he became the founding editor of The Chadds Ford Post. In April 2009 he became managing editor of ChaddsFordLive. He is also an award-winning photographer.



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