Voters to act on $59.4 million budget proposal

Pioneer School District voters will act on a proposed general fund budget for 2021-22 that totals $59,421,266. 

The plan calls for a spending increase of 1.38 percent, and a tax levy increase of 1.32 percent.

Polls will be open on Tuesday, May 18, from 6:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., at Pioneer High School, 12145 County Line Road, Yorkshire.

Assistant Superintendent Nick Silvaroli shared highlights of the budget in a hearing prior to the Board of Education's regular meeting on May 4. He said the proposal:

  • Maintains existing programs and services, including Universal Pre-Kindergarten, Finance Academy, Agriculture program, Project Lead the Way, Career Tech, foreign language, music, athletics,  and other elective courses
  • Preserves building discretionary budgets
  • Supports extraclassroom and after-school activities
  • Calls for the addition of 1.0 FTE (full-time equivalent)  Special Education Teacher for am elementary autism class

  • Includes transportation for summer instructional services

  • Fully funds the capital outlay budget line

  •  Increases technology equipment replacement budget by $15,000

  • Carries a tax levy increase consistent with the state's recommended tax cap  for Pioneer (1.32 percent)

  • Reduces the Assigned Fund Balance to 2019-20 levels 

In addition, two candidates are running for two five-year terms on the Board of Education. Incumbent Angela Wiseman is joined on the ballot by Wendy Warner Regan.