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Athletics budget overspent; no wrongdoing seen

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FRANK J. SCHULTZ
September 10, 2009
— The Janesville School District overspent its athletics budget by nearly $90,000 last year, officials reported to the school board Tuesday.

"This does not appear to be a case of gross overspending but rather a case of reasonable spending being compared to an erroneous budget," CFO Keith Pennington wrote in a memo to the board.


The budget mistakenly did not include several expenses, including scheduled pay increases for some coaches, and it did not allow for the cost of travel and food for any post-season trips and appearances, Pennington said.


An "inter-district fee" for playoffs also was spent but not budgeted.


"There wasn't any unreasonable spending. There was just poor budgeting," Pennington said.


The 2008-09 athletics budget was $1.03 million. Spending was $89,618 over budget.


Pennington assured the board that this year's athletics budget was scrutinized to eliminate similar problems.


Tim Cullen, chairman of the board's finance committee, said he appreciated Pennington's transparency.


"I'm hopeful you've got it figured out for next year," Cullen said.


The board has cut the athletics budget in recent years and added a fee for high school athletics.


This year's athletics budget is "slightly less" than what was spent last year, Pennington wrote in his memo.



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