The preliminary budget as presented was approved by the board.

The Devils Lake School Board got its first look at the projected budget for the 2017-18 school year at Monday’s regular meeting.

Superintendent Scott Privratsky went through the preliminary budget pointing out specific line items that are projected to change due to budget cuts ahead from the state.

If all goes as planned the preliminary budget, which is finalized in July, will be an estimated $21,667,664.55 in expenditures and $22,086,611.73 in revenue. With a beginning balance estimated for July 1, 2017 of $2,358,620.29 the projected ending balance for June 2018 is estimated at $2,777,567.47 with a carryover of 12.82 percent.

This budget, he noted, is for the first year of the biennium. What will happen during the second year of the biennium depends on a number of factors, however, Privratsky is confident that the school district will be able to continue providing the quality education for its students whatever may be ahead.

The preliminary budget as presented was approved by the board.

The agreement reached with the DLEA for salary increases for teachers was discussed and approved, as well.

Board president Lee Ann Johnston added that it was “a pleasure to work with the collaborative bargaining team” in coming to this agreement.


The board approved two staff appointments for the coming school year.

Allison Manley will be a first grade teacher at Prairie View Elementary School. This is a new section of first grade due to higher enrollments at that level.

Brenda Zinke will be the new physics teacher at Devils Lake High School replacing Matthew Glende, who is leaving at the end of this school year.

The board also accepted the resignation of Dr. Jeffrey Stotts, instructional strategist at Devils Lake High School.
Summer maintenance

A long list submitted of Devils Lake Public Schools summer 2017 maintenance projects will include work at all the district’s facilities - Prairie View, Minnie H., Sweetwater, Central Middle School, DLHS, LACTC, Harmony House and New Outlooks.

Dates ahead

Privratsky pointed out the dates to take note of that are ahead include the school board meetings on May 22 and June 19 at 5 p.m., the school board election on June 13 and Graduation on May 28 at 2 p.m.