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Raccoon School District Approves Budget

By Rob Sussman, WJBD News

The Raccoon School District Board approved the budget for fiscal year 2014 during a School Board meeting last week. Superintendent Matt Renaud says that the low state aid payments suffered by every public school district in the state is responsible for the districts $300,000 deficit.

"We're in the same boat as everyone else where we find ourselves deficit spending considerably for the first time. We've historically had a nice pad, and we do still have some reserve money, but if you're talking about money coming in versus money coming out, we're at roughly $300,000 deficit" Renaud said.

The board also approved the audit for the Fiscal Year 2013 conducted by Leymone Hardcastle Accounting firm. The district received a score of 3.65 out of 4, receiving financial recognition status from the State Board of Education.

The board was brought up to date on the district's CATCH program, which stands for Coordinated Approach to Child Health. The program is funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of Health and is designed to encourage healthy eating behaviors. $3,000 has been received for the program.

Laura Mayer was hired as Student Council and Beta Club sponsor for the 2013-2014 school year.

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