by Keith Beebe
KANELAND—The Kaneland School Board on Monday voted 6-0 to approve the final 2011-12 budget for the Kaneland School District and Fox Valley Career Center.
Board member Tony Valente was absent from the meeting.
According to Kaneland Superintendent Jeff Schuler, the budget is balanced and actually shows a small surplus of $50,000, which he said is helpful in this time of continued financial uncertainty from the state of Illinois.
“Our goal and commitment to the Board of Education was that we would balance our budget and live within our financial means,” he said. “I am pleased that we met this key financial target. The entire school community has come together to make some difficult financial choices over the last three years.”
The district has cut more than $5 million in projected expenditures during those three years-a process that Schuler said was necessary to protect the financial future of the School District.
“While this work was not easy and involved some difficult choices, clearly it was necessary as evidenced by the passing of a balanced 2011-12 budget,” he said.