MONROE — The Monroe School Board has approved its budget for the next school year.
In a 4-1 vote, the board approved the $64.3 million proposal with little discussion Monday night. Director Debra Kolrud voted against approval, saying there should have been more concessions from administrators during their contract negotiations.
She was talking about a decision the board made earlier in the year where 31 administrators, including Superintendent Ken Hoover, accepted $135,000 worth in wage and benefit concessions that including taking furlough days, no wage increases and less money to attend educational conferences.
The budget has about $2 million in reductions compared to last school year. The district would also have 25 fewer teaching positions and two fewer administrative positions. The district also projects losing 284 students from a year ago.