New budget shows expenses exceeding revenue by $66,000

By Chad Koenen


Henning’s expenses will exceed revenues once again next year, at least according to the school district’s 2023-24 budget.

During its regularly scheduled meeting last week, the Henning School Board approved its budget for the upcoming school year, which shows revenues of $5,205,213 in the general fund and expenses of $5,271,581. The deficit, which was based on an enrollment of 335 students, shows a deficit of $66,368 in the general fund. The food service fund shows a slight profit of $3,905 and the community education fund shows revenues exceeding expenses by $536. 

Henning School Superintendent Melissa Sparks said the budget, which is based on approximately 10 fewer students than the projected enrollment, is a starting point for the school district and has been working with the Freshwater Education District for developing the budget.

“This is a good starting point to show where we are at and we will revise it again in September,” she said.

In other news 

• Accepted donations totaling $659.91 from Tri-County Cruisers for summer rec t-shirts, Arvig for summer rec/swimming lessons and from the Henning School Referendum as a general donation.

• Approved the assignments of payroll and human resources to Kayla Hoelscher. 

• Approved the hiring of Kristi Hastings from Pemberton Law to assist with negotiations. Board chair Reed Reinbold said with all of the legislative changes that have been made it would be a benefit to having an attorney to assist with negotiations. 

• Approved the list of graduates for the 2023 school year.

• Approved a contract with Brad Martz and Associates as the school district’s auditing firm for the year ending June 30, 2023. 

• Approved the rental of the property insurance with EMC through AMP Insurance in Fergus Falls effective July 1. There was a 16 percent increase in insurance costs over the past year.

• Approved the renewal of workers compensation with RAM Mutual through Henning Agency effective July 1. 

• Approved business manager consulting services with Freshwater and Pelican Rapids as needed until a business manager is hired. The hourly rate for contract services with Freshwater Education District for the consulting services ranges from $60-75 per hour.