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Union Township schools look for best way to spend $227,000 in leftovers

Updated: April 16, 2013 3:50PM



School officials are proposing ways to use $227,000 left from a school construction bond taken out by Union Township School Corp. in 2010.

This includes reconfiguring the main and north entrances to Union Center Elementary and putting wireless access points in Union Township Middle School and Wheeler High School.

Superintendent John Hunter told the School Board at its Wednesday meeting that the district needs to spend the money by the end of the year or lose it.

The money is from interest-free loans made in 2009 and 2010 to stimulate work through school construction.

Hunter has no date to present possible projects to board members, but the construction work would be done over the summer.

There’s also no specific spending plan or division between the elementary, middle and high school.

“One project could wipe that out,” he said.

John Simatovich Elementary School isn’t eligible for the money because it had its own Qualified School Construction Bond in 2009.

Also at the meeting, the board found out the state’s textbook reimbursement for students on free or reduced lunch is at 73 percent this year. Last year, the state reimbursed 82 percent of rental costs.

The difference will come from the district’s debt service fund.

Hunter believes the reimbursements will continue to decrease each year because the state knows schools can cover costs through debt service accounts.

“And the state wants to get out of that business,” he said.



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