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Jun 24, 2011 9:36 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP

Zachary school budget approved

ZACHARY, La. (AP) - The Zachary Community School Board has approved a $45 million general fund budget that reflects the state freeze on aid to local school districts and increased retirement and other costs.
The budgeted expenses are about $600,000 more than in last school year's budget, but the system's staff found ways to avoid a possible $2.5 million deficit.
The budget was approved Thursday.
Superintendent Warren Drake tells The Advocate the district's challenge in the next year will be saving money.
The district has been the state's top-performing school district for six consecutive years.
The budget anticipates receiving $45.39 million in revenues and expenses of $44.9 million, for an operating surplus of $450,000. The leftover money, however, will be transferred to the school lunch fund budget to offset a deficit in that account.

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