By Terry Dean
Oak Park Elementary School District 97 is showing a surplus for the 2012-13 budget year, according to preliminary numbers released by the district.
The district actually spent $3.3 million dollars, or 4.6 percent, less than was budgeted, said Therese O'Neill, D97's assistant superintendent for finance and operations.
Overall, the district projected expenditures at about $71.6 million, but will end up at around $68 million. The district's fund balance is around $32 million. The district incurred savings in several funds, including in the education fund and in special education, O'Neill said.
The district also spent less than what was budgeted in the area of technology, a result of transitioning to new computer software, among other savings. In operations and maintenance, the district incurred savings the last few years, O'Neill said, due in part to D97 custodial staff handling work traditionally outsourced.
"Where we under-expended is in what we call major categories — purchased services, supplies and materials, capital outlays, dues and fees, and tuitions," O'Neill said.
The preliminary 2013-14 budget was released last week. The final budget is scheduled to be adopted on Sept. 24.
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