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The Blair Oaks R-2 School District Board of Education approved the preliminary budget for the 2021-22 school year Tuesday.

Total expenditures are expected to be approximately $17.9 million, and total revenue is expected to be about $14.2 million, including $7,065,997 in local revenue, $346,887 in county revenue and $1,038,231 in federal revenue — more than double the amount of federal revenue the district received last year.

The district is receiving more federal revenue this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Superintendent Jim Jones said.

Jones will present the final budget in August for board approval.

Last month, the board approved staff salary raises and health insurance adjustments for the 2021-22 school year.

For certified staff, the new base salary is $37,150, an increase of $350. The annual step for certified staff increased from $490 to $500 a year.

Raises will reflect an increase of $840 plus $10 times the staff member's years of experience. For example, if they've worked at Blair Oaks for 20 years, they will receive a raise of $200 along with an $840 increase.

The certified salary schedule base increase to $37,150 will slightly increase the extra-duty salaries. For classified staff, there is an increase of 70 cents per hour.

There will be an annual increase of about $447 on health insurance for the 2021-22 school year for certified and classified staff. It will increase from about $6,389 to $6,836 a year, which is a 7 percent increase. The plan design and health insurance company, United Healthcare, will remain the same.

In other business Tuesday, the board approved a bid from Weathercraft for $21,893 to replace the roofs of the high school locker rooms.

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