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Tentative Budget Approved By NCHS Board

By Alex Haglund

“It’s hard to believe, but we are halfway or a little bit more through our first quarter,” Nashville Community High School Superintendent Ernie Fowler told the board at their regular meeting held on Monday, Sept. 19.

“And the floors are still good!” board member Marsha Gajewski responded, joking.

The board held a hearing for the tentative 2016-2017 budget that Fowler had presented at the August meeting. There was no comment from the public regarding the budget and it was approved following the conclusion of the hearing and the regular meeting following being called to order.

“I hope that I did a good job overestimating expenses,” Fowler said regarding the budget. “That remains to be seen.”

Fowler stated that there was still about $84,000 in payments from the state of Illinois that had yet to come in despite being due for last fiscal year.

“About $60,000 of that is in transportation,” Fowler said.


The board approved a $50,000 loan to the district’s IMRF fund, until local tax monies come in.

“We’ve projected that $50,000 will take us through December,” Fowler told the board

The board also approved abating $12,000 from the working cash fund to the capital fund.

“The purpose of that is basically to finish paying off the lighting project on the football field,” Fowler said. “we’re basically transferring that money in order to pay the bill we are meant to pay.”


The board approved updating policies in their handbook as per Illinois Association of School Boards recommendations. This was second reading, first was at the August meeting.

The board approved the creation of an activity fund specifically for money received by the football team for improvements to the field. Coach Kuhn had received several donations where the donors had asked that the money go towards the field.

Gajewski asked where the funds had come from, and Fowler stated, “I think these are private donations he’s (Coach Tim Kuhn) received.”

The board approved the adoption of the annual recognition of schools, a formality.

The board also approved a number of field trip requests, including trips for FFA, one to the cadaver lab at Saint Louis University (“People are dying to go,” joked Fowler), and to the IHSA Theater Showcase.