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CHARLESTON -- The school district's annual budget and the upcoming retirement of Superintendent Todd Vilardo will go before the Charleston school board at its meeting Wednesday.

The board is set to make the first of two required votes on the 2019-20 budget, which shows a surplus of more than $1 million. Also, Vilardo's retirement would come at the end of the 2023-24 school year. The board's meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 17, in the district office at 410 W. Polk Ave.

The proposed budget has revenue estimated at just more than $29.5 million and expenses projected at just more than $28.3 million, both increases from the 2018-19 budget

District Assistant Superintendent Chad Burgett said its final figures could change because of what's called "evidence-based" funding from the state. The funding amount is based on academic statistics and can be adjusted to make more money available for school districts to work on improvements if needed.

Burgett said the district's allocation will be based on a later data evaluation. For now, the budgeted amount is the same as what the district received last year, he said.

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The budget currently includes $398,000 in evidence-based funding, Burgett said. Overall state aid is expected to be the same and is budgeted at nearly $6.9 million.

The board's vote Wednesday will be to give it tentative approval to schedule the required public hearing and final vote for an upcoming meeting. The two votes are required because a school district's tentative budget has to be available to the public for at least 30 days before its final approval.

Meanwhile, Vilardo said he is submitting his retirement to the board now because his contract requires it five years before he is eligible, which will be in 2024. The advance notice will also give the board time to decide on an approach to hiring a new superintendent, he also said. No discussion on that has taken place yet, he said.

Vilardo has been the district's superintendent for two years and served as its assistant superintendent and in other positions before that.

Other votes scheduled for the meeting include approval of a contract for graphic design services. The proposed contract for $86,50 would go to local designer Caleb Bertrand. Vilardo said the work would include student progress reports that federal law encourages, as well as teacher recruitment materials and other items.

Contact Dave Fopay at (217) 238-6858. Follow him on Twitter: @FopayDave

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Dave Fopay is a reporter for the JG-TC who covers Coles County, the local court system, Charleston schools and more.

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